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Kyrie Irving: Warriors' 'chatter' gave Cavs 'extra motivation' in Game 4

Kyrie Irving: Warriors' 'chatter' gave Cavs 'extra motivation' in Game 4
Published On: Sat, Jun 10
Apr 25, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) fouls Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) during the first half in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

After dominating the Golden State Warriors with a wire-to-wire 137-116 victory in a must-win Game 4 of the NBA Finals, several Cleveland Cavaliers players said the Warriors' "chatter" leading up to Friday fueled their performance.

In other words, Draymond Green's mouth got Golden State in trouble again.

"You add, of course, some chatter in there, and that adds some extra motivation," said Kyrie Irving after leading all scorers with 40 points. "And you give us a day in between, and we were ready to come out. Especially me, because that taste wouldn't have been the same if we would have lost tonight and they would have celebrated on our home floor. So I'll just leave that at that."

Irving was referring to an interview Green gave Thursday, when he openly relished in the seeming inevitability of the Warriors winning their second championship in three years on Cleveland's home court.

"It will be very satisfying to do that," Green said, responding to a reporter's hypothetical question. "You know, we obviously won it here before. It's a great feeling, winning on somebody else's floor, celebrating on their floor, celebrating in their locker room, quieting their crowd. As an athlete, one of the best feelings is going into enemy territory and just silencing their crowd. So it'll be a great feeling.

"But at the end of the day, it don't matter where you win at, as long as you can win it. The opportunity is win it here, so you want to take advantage of that. Try to close it out as soon as you can."

A win would have not only crowned the Warriors as champs but also cemented their place in history as the first team to have a 16-0 postseason. Instead, the Cavs played their best game of the season, setting Finals records for most 3-pointers made (24), most points in any quarter (49) and in a half (86). And they did it with Green's comments dancing in their heads.

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