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The Warriors Better Win Game 5, Because I Shudder To Think What a Cavs Win Would Mean

The Warriors Better Win Game 5, Because I Shudder To Think What a Cavs Win Would Mean
Published On: Mon, Jun 12
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

Warning: What youre about to read is going to sound ridiculously pessimistic, because I tend to veer that way when it comes to a team Im really rooting for. I enjoy watching LeBron James play basketball; hes probably my 3rd favorite player to watch right now, and definitely in my Top 5 all-time. But sometime in the last three years, Stephen Curry became my favorite player to watch in NBA history, yes, more than Magic Johnson.

And Im genuinely worried what the mindset of Curry and the Warriors will be if they somehow dont win Game 5 in Oakland tonight. The spread opened at six and has soared to 8.5. The Warriors have beaten the Cavaliers by an average of 25 points per game in three games at Oracle this year. Positive signs!

The Warriors hadnt lost a game the big four had started and finished since February. The Warriors hadnt lost a playoff game this postseason. After winning Game 3, the players flew dozens of family members into Cleveland to celebrate what they thought would be a sweep. This team, for the longest time, was so dominant it expected to win, and then did just that. Often convincingly.

How will they respond to a beatdown in which they gave up 137 points? Im reluctant to even bring up the 3-1 collapse last year because I know Draymond Green was suspended and Andrew Bogut was injured, but it still happened. And mentally, neither I nor anyone could possibly know the state of mind of the Warriors heading into Game 5.

Its almost certainly confident, as it should be. But Kevin Durants never won a title and was part of a historic collapse last year (different team, different circumstances, etc). And theres the aforementioned Golden State collapse.

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