The Warriors bounced back from a 119-100 thumping at New Orleans in Game 3 with an equally convincing 118-92 romp in Game 4 on Sunday, taking a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The Warriors will now return to Oakland with a 3-1 series lead needing just one more victory to get closer to their goal of a championship. Toronto shook up its lineup in Game 3 on Saturday night by trying Fred VanVleet instead of Serge Ibaka, but the Raptors fell into the dreaded 3-0 series deficit when James made a running bank shot at the buzzer for the win.
Chris Haynes of ESPN has a great piece about the message Green sent to Durant as the team was preparing for game 4 after an especially demoralizing loss in game 3.
Golden State's success has been founded on the ability of its players making plays at both ends of the floor, seamlessly transitioning defense into offense. You know, I don't hold back. I just don't see anything other than a closely contested, hard fought game with maybe a 5 point margin when the horn sounds. "To win one game is not an impossible task, and that's what we have to do". I personally don't worry about it and No. 2 don't care that much about it.
Capela is quietly producing solid numbers in the playoffs, averaging 15.4 points and 13.0 rebounds while shooting 63.6 percent from the field, but the wrinkle in him being a good second-choice option is his 2.6 blocks per game. "That immediately put us in trouble", Gentry said. "We're playing together. Things are turning a corner for us at the right time". "That's what I love seeing". "It's kind of sad that someone would take this that serious". Coming back from a 3-game deficit is not common in the playoffs, especially for a team with limited playoff experience, at least in the modern day, but that is exactly what Philly needs to do, or else they will find themselves off the court until next season. "I wish no harm to anyone over a simple game, and I apologize sincerely".
Golden State Warriors vs. Perhaps, the "Hampton 5" will provide the spark they need to get the job done.
Houston plays before this game will tip off, and they can clinch a series victory on Tuesday as well.
After flirting with a triple-double by way of 8 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists, Green was asked about the Twitter death wish while on the postgame podium with Stephen Curry. "Who [expletive] cares? If someone wants to unfollow me, or mute me, how does that change my life in any way?"
Obviously Polk's mentions got lit up like a Christmas tree after that, resulting in him issuing an apology and much later going all the way to delete his entire account.