Warriors seek Game 4 win for NBA Finals sweep

For the second straight season the Golden State Warriors find themselves up 3-0 over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals.

Now the defending champions hope to repeat what they did last year, but in one fewer game.

Golden State can claim its second straight NBA championship — and third in four seasons — by sweeping the Cavs with a Game 4 win Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

In the same spot last year, the Warriors were unable to clinch in Cleveland as the Cavs hit 24 3-pointers to force a Game 5.

Returning to Oracle Arena in Oakland, the Warriors responded with a win to finish off the 2017 NBA Finals and get some revenge for their loss to Cleveland in the 2016 Finals.

Kevin Durant, who won Finals MVP last season, is averaging 31.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists in the Finals and his playoff-career-high 43 points in Game 3 likely elevates him to Finals MVP favorite.

Don’t discount Stephen Curry’s chances, though. Despite an off shooting night in Game 3, Curry is averaging 24.3 points, 6 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1 steal in the Finals and set an NBA record with nine 3-pointers in Game 2.

Like last season, the cards are once again stacked against LeBron James and the Cavaliers, with teams that have fallen behind 0-3 in the NBA playoffs having never come back to win the series in 131 chances.

The Cavs find themselves one loss away from their season ending despite a strong Finals showing by James, who led off the series with a 51-point effort that nearly netted an shocking road victory and then posted his 10th career NBA Finals triple-double in the Game 3 loss.

Cleveland fans also could also be seeing James in a Cavs jersey for the final time, as he can opt to become a free agent after the season. With that decision a near certainty, there are no lack of teams lining up to lure him away from the Cavs for a second time.

If the Cavs win Friday night, Game 5 would be Monday night back in Oakland, with tentative Games 6 and 7 scheduled for Thursday and next Sunday.