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James & Irving Make Sure There’s a Game 6 at Home

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Lebron James and Kyrie Irving became the first two sets of teammates to score 40 points in a finals game scoring 41 each. Cleveland was aggressive offensively all night as they were able to capitalize with the suspended Draymond Green being out. Lebron James who was heavily criticized in game 4 for not taking control played like he was on a mission. Along with his 41 points, James had 16 rebounds and seven assists. James and Cleveland as a team cut down on the sloppy passes and got to the basket at will. The Cavs as a team shot 53% from the field compared to only 36.4 by the Warriors.

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

The Warriors got a huge game out of Klay Thompson who lead the way for them with 37 points, which includes six three pointers. Unfortunately only 11 of those points came in the second half as Thompson and the Warriors as a team struggled from the three point line, as they just shot 33.3 percent as a team. Curry who had 25 only shot 3-14 from long range.  The Warriors looked lost all night defensively as they could not control the paint and they let Cleveland get easy fast break points.

Yes, it should be mentioned, and rather boldly, how brilliant LeBron and Kyrie were together. They became the fourth teammates to combine for 80-plus points in the Finals and they made 73.2 percent of the Cavs’ points, third-highest in history. The Finals have had their share of tandems and few delivered in this manner in a single game before. Pippen and Jordan, West and Goodrich, Shaq and Kobe, Duncan and Parker — none went 40-40. Neither have Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. The LeBron stat line spoke loudly: 41 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks, including a vicious swat of Curry in 42 punishing minutes. This probably qualified as LeBron’s best game in the Finals. But, two questions must be answered here; Can these two have these kind of performances two more times? How much of their combined offence was because of the lack of suspended Draymond Green’s defense?

In other bad news for the Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut had to be helped off the court in the third quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals with an injured left knee. The team later announced Bogut suffered a sprained left knee and will have an MRI later Monday night.

Bogut was hurt about two minutes into the period Monday when Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith collided with him on a layup attempt. Bogut came down awkwardly on his left leg and then Smith rolled up on him to cause the knee to bend the wrong way.

Bogut immediately grabbed his knee and writhed in pain until play stopped. He could not put any weight on his left leg as he was helped off the court and back to the locker room.

Cleveland will look to even things up when they head back home for game 6 on Thursday. Will Andrew Bogot be healthy enough to play,  how will Draymond Green’s leadership and defense come into play and will James and Irving have another career combination?

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