The Cavaliers will try to force a seventh game in the NBA Finals with tonight’s Game 6 at Quicken Loans Arena. Green’s status with flagrant fouls, Bogut’s status and Kyrie Irving’s play are among the topics in this guide.
THE SERIES (Golden State leads, 3-2)
- Game 1: Golden State 104, Cleveland 89
- Game 2: Golden State 110, Cleveland 77
- Game 3: Cleveland 120, Golden State 90
- Game 4: Golden State 108, Cleveland 97
- Game 5: Cleveland 112, Golden State 97
- Game 6: Golden State at Cleveland, 9 p.m. Thursday (TV: ABC, Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, LA MEGA 87.7-FM)
- Game 7, if necessary: Cleveland at Golden State, 8 p.m. Sunday
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The Cavaliers are listed as two-point home favorites for Game 6 on Thursday at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark and hope to avoid seeing the Warriors celebrate winning the title at Quicken Loans Arena for the second straight year.
Draymond Green will return to the Warriors’ lineup, but it’s not all good news for the defending champions, with Andrew Bogut ruled out of the remainder of the Finals with a knee injury.
The Golden State Warriors are not accustomed to being pushed around anywhere and that’s what we saw in Monday’s 112-97 defeat in front of their own fans which is unheard of. Klay Thompson did his best to carry the Warriors to victory with 37 points on 11-20 shooting with Stephen Curry checking in with 25 points. Andre Iguodala was next in line with 15 points, eleven rebounds and seven helpers but the bench was a non factor and it’s difficult to win with just three players providing the bulk of the scoring. The suspension of Draymond Green didn’t help but the Warriors 35.4% marksmanship was perhaps the biggest factor.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers were written off for dead, facing a 3-1 series deficit on the Warriors home floor. However, without notice the Cavaliers looked like the 900 pound gorilla and dominated the second half on the way to a double figure victory with a chance to even the series at home and force a game seven. This was one of the more explosive performances by two players ever as Kyrie Irving and LeBron James who poured in 41 points apiece with James hauling in a game high 16 rebounds. Kevin Love who was supposed to be a big factor heading in to this series might be suffering from concussion issues but he might as well watch the game on television because he hasn’t done one thing.
GAME 6 PROJECTED LINEUPS (with series averages)
Warriors starters: PG Stephen Curry (22.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 34.3 minutes), SG Klay Thompson (19.6 points, 33.3 minutes), SF Andre Iguodala (11.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists), PF Harrison Barnes (11.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 35.2 minutes), C Draymond Green (14.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 38.1 minutes).
Warriors key reserves: PG Shaun Livingston (9.4 points, 22.1 minutes), SG Leandro Barbosa (8.0 points, 13.9 minutes), PF Anderson Varejao (1.5 points, 6.5 minutes), C Festus Ezeli (2.0 points, 7.0 minutes).
Cavaliers starters: PG Kyrie Irving (28.2 points, 4.6 assists, 2.4 steals, 38.1 minutes), SG J.R. Smith (9.6 points, 36.4 minutes), SF LeBron James (28.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 2.4 steals, 2.0 blocks, 40.6 minutes), PF Kevin Love (8.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 29.0 minutes), C Tristan Thompson (9.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 30.3 minutes).
Cavaliers key reserves: SF Richard Jefferson (7.0 points, 22.2 minutes), SG Iman Shumpert (3.0 points, 18.9 minutes), PG Matthew Dellavedova (2.6 points, 8.7 minutes), PF Channing Frye (0.5 points, 8.3 minutes).
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