In the early hours of Saturday the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers will look to tie the NBA Finals at 2-2 against the Golden State Warriors and SuperSport will show it live.
Early this week, the Cavaliers made a tremendous statement of their playoff intentions by trouncing the Golden State Warriors 120-90 in Game 3.
If the Cavaliers lose Game 4, they will be on the brink of elimination.
So, how can they turn the best-of-seven series around after being blown out in Games 1 and 2?
“It’s the same mindset,” James told reporters on Thursday referring to Game 3 in which they outplayed the defending champions.
“We can’t afford to go down 3-1 and go into their building and give them confidence going back. So it’s a do-or-die game for us still.”
Entering Game 4, the Cavaliers are perfect 8-0 at home in this year’s playoffs. The 30-point win over the Warriors was the Cavaliers’ largest margin of victory in a Finals game, and the 3rd time winning by 30 or more points this postseason.
With reigning MVP Stephen Curry and fellow sharpshooter Klay Thompson struggling for most of the series, the general feeling among the Cavaliers is that this is a must-win contest.
Take Tristan Thompson’s statement as an example.
“They’re still up 2-1,” the Canadian big man said. “The most important game for us is Game 4. It’s a game that we want to win. We view it as a must-win. We’re going to come with that approach and give it all.”
Golden State is shooting 42.3 percent from beyond the arc in playoff wins, but only 33.0 percent in defeats.
“For us, we have to just stop that force that they played with in Game 3 and come with more effort and more focus from the jump,” Curry said.