For the first time in the 2017 NBA Finals, the Cavaliers threw the first punch. It was a six-minute punch that set the tempo for a fast-paced, physical, free-flowing, record-setting 137-116 victory against the Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena on Friday.
Kevin Love delivered the biggest blows in that first-quarter run and a few more afterward as part of a 23-point performance that included 6 of 8 shooting from 3-point range. The Cavaliers nailed 24 3-pointers, a NBA Finals record.
“They make me feel good,” Green said. “They show me how important I am to them. They be at home thinking about me. If you come to the game chanting my name, you at home thinking about me. So shout out to them, thanks for the love.”
Of course, it was not all love from Green. He was reminded that he nearly got a second technical foul for his overreaction to a call in the third quarter. The arena PA system played Ray Charles’ “Hit the Road Jack!” in anticipation of his ejection. Green played up to the crowd, waving his hands and encouraging more chants.
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But Green said he knew he had not been given the T on the previous tech that had been assigned to him in the first quarter. That foul was retroactively assigned to coach Steve Kerr.
And Green will have something going for him next week that he did not have in last year’s series: He will be able to play in Game 5 this time. Last year, Green was suspended for Game 5.
“Thank God I get to play on Monday,” Green said, before Cheap China NFL Jerseys smiling and Cheap Blank Hockey Jerseys adding, “Hopefully.”