Not in our house! Golden State rolls to their second win-in-a-row to lead series 3-2 over Cavaliers

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are ready to close out Game 6 and bring the Bay Area their first championship in 40-years on Tuesday in Cleveland. photo by Felicia D. Purcell

Jubilant Warriors Stephen Curry and Draymond Green are ready to close out the series in Game 6 and bring the Bay Area their first NBA championship in 40-years on Tuesday in Cleveland. photo by Felicia D. Purcell

Now one game away from their first NBA Championship in 40 years

By Felicia D. Purcell

The Antioch Herald

What a difference a week can make.

This time last week Cleveland was up 2-1 on the Golden State Warriors and the name on a constant loop was Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova, the Australian savior, and St. Mary’s grad, who shut down the scoring machine of the Babyface Assassin, Warriors MVP Stephen Curry in Games 2 and 3.

But that was last week, and now the Warriors are one game away from their first NBA championship in 40 years beating the Cavs before another sellout crowd at ORACLE by the score of 104-91, Sunday night, jumping to a 3-2 series lead.

Playing like the team we’ve come to know with the best record in the league, the Warriors were led by Curry as he re-established himself as the league’s MVP scoring 37-points, while Draymond Green chipped in 16-points.

LeBron James carried his team all across the board finishing with another triple-double; 40-points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists but his ‘court’ couldn’t hold the Golden State down with four of the Warriors starters finishing in double-digits. Dellavadeova would be held to only five points.

Unlike the Cavaliers, the Warriors have a wide range of players they can depend on, on any given night. But head coach Steve Kerr still wants them to keep their confidence and stay the course heading into Tuesday’s game.

It’s a very confident group,” he said. “They’ve had a heck of a season and they’re playing obviously at a high level. So they feel very confident. Sometimes we’re a little too confident and we get a little carried away.”

The locker room presence of the Warriors has not changed from the regular season. There isn’t a sense of ‘we got this.’ But, when Curry has participated in interviews he has spoken of ‘it’ and ‘when’ they win it all. Yet, if James has anything to say about it they will be playing a Game 7 and he will do all that he can to even the series at home.

We don’t want them celebrating at all, no matter if it’s on our home floor or on their home floor. We’ve come this far, and we’ve been very good at home,” James said slowly and deliberately after the game, making it clear that he wouldn’t go down without a fight.

Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith who came in a trade to the Cavs in February, from the Knicks haven’t had the type of appearances that were expected of them coming into this series, in comparison to how they played in the Atlanta series. They would play better than Dellavedova finishing Sunday’s game with Shumpert, who’s been nursing a shoulder injury, finishing with 10 points and Smith coming off the bench with 14 points.

He’s a big reason we’re here,” said Cavs head coach David Blatt of Smith pre-game when asked about how he would use him and Shumpert in the game.

Despite the lack of energy the Cavs displayed, they still played the Warriors hard and tough and the score did not reflect the type of game they brought.

I just felt the need that if we’re going to win and we’re going to turn this series around, that that needed to be stated not only to the team, but to the world, because we were completely getting outworked, out hustled, out dogged, however you want to put it,” said Draymond Green of the way the Warriors had been playing prior to their last two games. Green broke out of his slump going 4-for-9 from the field with five assists, one 3-pointer and 16 points.

There are a maximum of only two games left in this exciting series. Game 6 is in Cleveland and begins at 6:00 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, June 16 on ABC. Should there be a need for a Game 7, tip-off will be this Friday at 6:00 p.m. also on ABC.


Golden State had its 134h consecutive sellout at ORACLE.

Curry scored a team high 37-points his highest so far of the Finals. He scored the most points by a Warrior in the NBA Finals since Rick Barry (38) on 5/23/75.

Lebron James scored his 14th career playoff triple-double (40 pts, 14 reb, 11ast) his second of The 2015 NBA Finals.

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