The Best Statistical team in NBA History, the Golden State Warriors, who came in at a remarkable 73-9 record during the regular season, went into Game 6 of the NBA Finals expected to win the NBA championship for the second year in a row in Cleveland. With Draymond Green back in the lineup many analysts said it would be an easy win for the Warriors and they should have no problem taking care of their Lake Erie rivals, but then first quarter started.

It was a nightmare for the Warriors. They were outplayed, outmatched and outsmarted by a rookie head coach in Tyronn Lue, who drew up a game plan that allowed for his team to hold on to the ball for long periods of time, regroup quickly off the pick n rolls on defense, and grab rebound after rebound. The Warriors scored a measly eleven points in the first quarter. The Cavs were rolling early and often. Kyrie Irving put on another masterful performance opening up the first half with 20 points. But the story of the night and perhaps the last two games was Lebron James and his dominance against the Warriors defense. Like in Game 5, James’ jump shot looked pretty and the demeanor in his eyes show that this is a champion who is playing at a level to get every Clevelander losing their minds in sheer mania. The

Like in Game 5, James’ jump shot looked pretty and the demeanor in his eyes show that this is a champion who is playing at a level to get every Clevelander losing their minds in sheer mania. The Warriors, on the other hand, are in bad shape and their fans have every right to be scared. And we are talking about the worst shape possible. Unlike the Cavs, the Warriors are not a healthy bunch. Center Andrew Bogut will miss the rest of the finals. Forward and star defender Andre Igoudala’s status for Game 7 is up in the air after suffering back spasms and writhing in pain throughout most of Game 6. Even if he were to play, it’s likely he will not be as much of an impact playing at the level he normally plays on defense. Draymond Green, who returned after being suspended from Game 5 for flagrant fouls, was nearly a no show in Game 6. Perhaps the bigger storyline was the frustration of the

Perhaps the bigger storyline was the frustration of the league’s MVP in Stephen Curry. The point guard fouled out for the first time since 2012 and was ejected from the game after throwing his mouth guard into the crowd after arguing with an official. Curry and head coach Steve Kerr are usually known for being calm and collective. In his post-game interview, Kerr sounded off on the referees motives for fouling his star player coming to his defense  claiming he had every right to be angry following his ejection. “Three of them were absolutely ridiculous,” Kerr said. “He steals the ball from Kyrie [Irving] clean at one point, LeBron flops on the last one, Jason Phillips falls for that.” Given Kerr and the Warriors situation, they have to regroup and regain their focus in order to win Game 7 on Sunday night in the Oracle Arena.

What does this mean for Warriors fans? You have one game at home to win the NBA finals. That sounds pretty good, but maybe for the first time all season there is doubt among this great team that they can do it after leading the series 3 games to 1. Let’s give the Cavs credit for the remarkable thing they did. Only two teams in Finals history has come back to tie up the series after being trailing 3-1, and no team has ever come back from that deficit to win the series. 0-32. If the Warriors do not compose themselves and find their rhythm fast. And I mean fast. They’re going to lose and they will lose badly because they are being dominated inside the paint and beyond the arc. Kyrie is outplaying the league MVP all around, and Lebron is playing like a God. With under 5 minutes left in Game 6 Curry was ferociously blocked by James who had some words to say to him after the occurrence. The moment caused an uproar at Quicken Loans Arena.

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The Warriors are not playing with the level of confidence they played with during the regular season or when they marched back from a 3-1 deficit in the Western Conference Finals to vanquish the Oklahoma City Thunder. Some critics will point to Game 7 as being the deciding factor of which team will be considered the greatest team in NBA history. The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls went 72-10 but won the NBA Championship. It’s hard to believe that a forty-eight-minute stretch can determine so much in terms of legacy. Aside from that, what this team has accomplished this year is so remarkable but Steve Kerr and the Warriors want to repeat as champions at all cost. If the Cavs continue to do what they’re doing it’s going to be a tough heartbreak for the Golden State, something Cleveland fans are all too familiar with.

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