A gritty performance from the Cleveland Cavaliers even’s the series 1-1 against the Golden State Warriors. Lebron James scored 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.
No one thought this series would go five, six or seven games without Kyrie Irving. Lebron playing over 48 mins and having gritty role players such as Iman Shumpert, Matthew Dellavedova and Tristan Thompson change the identity of the team. The high explosive offense has turned into a defensive that rebounds and plays through James 85 to 90 percent of the time.
The Cavaliers came into the series underdogs against the best team in the NBA and face adversity no matter what challenges they face.
“All that writing off and underdog title and little chances, that’s a good thing,” Cavs coach David Blatt said according to USA Today. “This team has nothing on their mind but trying to win the championship.
“And the fact that Kyrie went down, the fact that Kevin went down earlier has not changed our resolve in any way, has not caused us to look for some particular break or sympathy because it’s not coming. It hasn’t come to us all year. We’ve dealt with adversity from day one this year. These situations only make us stronger.”
It’s been pretty much next man up after the lost of Kevin Love in the first round and Irving out in the second and third round. If the Cavaliers have any chance to possibly deliver a title to Cleveland, they need to grind out every game this series.
We’re undermanned,” said James. “I mean, we’re without two All‑Stars, and I don’t know any other team in this league that would be able to do that, to be able to be without two All‑Stars on their team and compete the way we compete and be a force. So the guys are taking that very personal.