Game 4 of the NBA Finals was a wild night for the Warriors. We saw from early warmups that Klay Thompson was ready to prove that the Game 3 loss was because of his absence. And that’s what he did, he basically started the game for the Warriors finishing the first half with 14 points. But his injury was taking over on the second quarter, he had to come off the game to put extra bandage on that hamstring.
The second half arrived, and this is where the game took it’s turning point. Right from the start of the third quarter we watched the Kawhi Leonard show. He finished this quarter, and he already had 31 points. He literally carried this franchise all playoffs, so why not in Game 4 of the Finas? Kawhi needed help and not one of his teammates were providing it, Spicy P scored his 19 points but his impact wasn’t felt with this performance by “The Klaw”.
Right in between the third and fourth quarter he started getting help from Serge Ibaka. That type of veteran mentality is what the Raptors needed to end the game with a win. As a part of the second unit, Ibaka provided 20 points and 12 of them were part of the second half. The moment the Raptors started to make shots, consistently, was why the Warriors were out of sync in the last few minutes of the ball game.
It feels like yesterday when we saw an altercation, between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant, where someone said that they didn’t need KD in their team and many more words. If you don’t remember let me show you this:
Well how the tables have turned, they must be begging their medical staff to clear KD to play Game 5 but that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Steve Kerr said prior of Game 4 loss: “We’re hoping [Durant] can play Game 5 or 6,’’ Kerr said. “And everything in between I’ve decided I’m not sharing because it’s just gone haywire. There’s so much going on, and so it doesn’t make sense to continue to talk about it. He’s either going to play or he’s not.” If he doesn’t play, the Warriors need a must win because after this loss they will not be considered a dynasty. Warriors fans might differ with all the constant Finals appearances, but every team that has been a full dynasty has passed through the experience of having a three-peat. You can watch Game 5 on Monday, June 10 at 9:00 pm AST.