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Monday’s Game 5 matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors came with a lot of controversy after Warriors star power forward Draymond Green was called on a flagrant foul in Game 4. This flagrant foul was called after an altercation with LeBron James with less than three minutes left in the game.
After the Draymond fiasco, the Warriors won the game 108-97 and gave themselves a 3-1 series lead, but Draymond Green ended up with a one game suspension for the flagrant foul.
This caused Green to sit out Game 5 and have a viewing party at the neighboring Oakland Coliseum where the Athletics were holding a game.
After the suspension, many of Green’s teammates including Klay Thompson and Marreese Speights said LeBron James is “soft” and a “crybaby”.
Despite all of this drama there was still a game to play. And Game 5 was neck and neck in the early going, with the Cavaliers and Warriors being tied 61-61 at half time.
But after the half the Cavs took this game by storm with LeBron James and Kyrie leading the team offensively, each ending the game with 41 points. This was the first time two players on the same team each scored 40 points in an NBA Finals game.
And while LeBron and Kyrie dominated on the offensive floor Tristian Thompson was a commanding force at the defensive end having 15 rebounds and two blocks.
Even with Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combining for 62 points the Warriors couldn’t stop the red hot Cavaliers loosing 112-97.
In addition to the blowout loss, Warriors center Andrew Bogut suffered a gruesome knee injury while blocking a J.R. Smith layup. Bogut’s availability for Game 6 as of now is uncertain, but he is scheduled to undergo an MRI as soon as Tuesday.
In Game 6 the Warriors, who are up 3-2 in the series, will be getting Draymond Green back and have an opportunity to win the NBA Finals in back to back years.