Cavs, Warriors will get physical as NBA Finals tension boils

first_img“I expect us to come out guns blazing. You get punched in the face you want to respond. We know what it takes to win a championship. We know what we have to do.”The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA Finals history to rally from 3-1 down last year in dethroning the Warriors.Now Cleveland is trying to become the first playoff team to overcome a 3-0 deficit, but that requires a road win Monday.“We have to bring our best game every game against this team. They create so many different problems out on the floor, so much firepower, that we always have to play great in order to win,” Cavaliers superstar LeBron James said.“If you don’t do something well, they will make you pay for it, so we have to be 20 times better in this building and we understand that… If we don’t protect the ball, we don’t limit their three-point shooting, then we can get blown out.”ADVERTISEMENT “First three games we were being too nice, helping guys up off the floor, smiling, I didn’t like that,” Lue said Sunday. “Talking trash, being physical, whatever you got to do to get that edge, you got to do it.“They’re coming right after us so we have to go after them. I don’t see anything funny or anything to smile about. Hitting, being physical, we have to do that. Talking trash or knocking guys on the floor, whatever you got to do, you got to do it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutExpect the battle to be joined as the Warriors, on the brink of an NBA title but coming off their first loss in two months, try to clinch before home supporters.“You don’t want to keep letting the series prolong, so you have to come out with a killer instinct and a punch-face mentality,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said. CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 09: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors speak after a foul in the third quarter in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. 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Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPCleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue wants to see a tougher tone from the defending champions in their do-or-die showdown Monday with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.The Warriors lead the best-of-seven series 3-1 but missed a chance to clinch with a 137-116 loss Friday at Cleveland, the more intense and physical Cavaliers ending Golden State’s unbeaten playoff run at 15 games.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Irving sinks big shots for Cavs when need greatest Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ What ‘missteps’? 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Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments – LeBron, K.D. talking trash –James, who said he isn’t interested in playing in the new Olympic basketball 3-on-3 event, said he and Warriors star forward Durant will continue to exchange trash talk.“We’ve been on each other a lot throughout these first four games,” James said. “It’s probably going to stay that way and we’ll see what happens after that.”What could be a coronation might also give the Warriors a coronary issue. They lost game five at home last year on the way to dropping the series. They added Durant, seeking his first NBA title after leaving Oklahoma City, but a loss would bring a game six Thursday in Cleveland and perhaps a winner-take-all Sunday showdown in Oakland.“They’re going to view this as a game seven situation,” Cleveland’s Richard Jefferson said. “For us, every game’s a game seven. But for them, this particularly is from the standpoint of they don’t want to go back to Cleveland and they understand that anything can happen in game seven.”Green said the chance to sweep was a distraction more so than the now-ended chance to become the first champion to roll unbeaten through the playoffs.“It’s natural for you to look up and see the finish line right there, and you tend to focus on that instead of the task at hand,” Green said. “We understand that.“You just think it’s going to happen. Then all of a sudden you get smacked in the face and it’s like: Whoa. You remember what can be, what can happen.”Not since 1996 had a team up 3-0 failed to sweep in the final. But not since 1951 has a team down 3-0 forced a seventh game in the finals.“We just want to play a good game. We can’t worry about what happens after the game,” Durant said. “If we start thinking too far down the line, we take our focus off of the task at hand.last_img read more

IPL Live: Ishant claims 5 wickets as Hyderabad beat Kochi

first_imgIshant Sharma bulldozed the Kochi batting line-up with a sensational five-wicket spell as Hyderabad spanked the hosts by 55 runs in their IPL match in Kochi on Wednesday.  Score | PhotoBefore Ishant’s fiery spell, Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara had scored a defying 65 off 47 balls under pressure to help the side reach a modest 129 for seven after being invited to bat at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Kochi.Hyderabad bowled out the hosts for 74 in 16.3 overs as Ishant produced one of the most memorable fast bowling spells in the history of the T20 league with incredible figures of 3-0-12-5.Hyderabad badly needed a win as they had lost four of the six matches before and were sitting at the bottom of the points table. Now they have jumped to the sixth spot.The track had helped the Kochi pacers as well but Ishant extracted the maximum help out of the juicy pitch as he hit the deck hard.Ishant’s was the third-best performance by a bowler in the history of tournament. Rajasthan’s Sohail Tanvir had recorded best figures in the inaugural edition in 2008 when he took six four 16 against Chennai.Kochi had not scored even a single run off the bat and had lost four batsmen when they began their chase. Ishant was responsible for the mayhem as he ripped apart the rival top order by striking thrice in his first over, dismissing Parthiv Patel (0), Raiphi Gomez (0) and Brad Hodge (0).Dale Steyn (3/16) had dismissed dangerous Brendon McCullum (0) in the first over and the two runs that Kochi had managed on the scoreboard at that time, came through a leg-bye and a wide.advertisementIshant sent shock waves in the rival camp when he returned to bowl his second over and trapped Kedar Jadhav (0) in the first ball and had Mahela Jayawardene (4) caught behind in the last ball.The scorecard was reading a horrible 11 for six in four overs.Ravindra Jadeja (23) and Thisara Perera (22) though showed nerves of steel as they responded to the tough situation with a gritty 36-run stand for the seventh wicket.It could not help them avert defeat but saved them from suffering the ignominy of recording the lowest total in the IPL history, which is 58 for Rajasthan against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009.Earlier, Invited to bat, Hyderabad were reeling at 20 for three in 5.2 overs but Sangakkara in company of Cameron White (31) rescued the team from the precarious position with a defying 90-run stand for the fourth wicket.Sangakkara, when batting at individual score of five, was bowled by S Sreesanth in the fourth over of the innings but he never looked back after getting the reprieve and led the amazing recovery of the Chargers’ innings.His superb knock, under pressure, came off 47 balls and contained 10 boundaries while White’s 34-ball innings featured two fours and a six.R Vinay Kumar (3/25) dismissed both Sangakkara and White in the last two balls of his final over, 17th of the innings, to conclude his spell on a superb note.White holed out to Jayawardene at deep mid-wicket while Sangakkara edged the next delivery to stumper Parthiv Patel.The most productive session for the Hyderabad was between over number 11 and 15 when they scored 53 runs while the last five overs fetched 39 runs.At the start Kochi paceman RP Singh (2/21) gave a dream start to the hosts by dismissing both the openers — Sunny Sohal (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (4) — in his successive overs.The left-arm paceman trapped Sohal in the last ball of the opening over and then had Dhawan caught by Raiphi Gomez in the second ball of his second over.However, he was unlucky to not have the wicket of Bharat Chipli, who drove straight to Brendon McCullum at extra cover but the Kiwi player failed to latch on to the chance.Sreesanth then bowled Sangakkara with a gem of a delivery but that turned out to be a no-ball.The visitors finally ran out of luck as R Vinay Kumar had Chipli (4) caught by Sreesanth at mid-off.The Kochi pace trio exploited the lively track, which offered bounce and seam, well as they gave away just 20 runs in the first six overs, conceding just one boundary.Chargers needed Sangakkara to stay at the crease as long as possible and build a partnership along with Cameron White and the duo did not disappoint the teammates.At half-way stage, they were 37 for three but gradually Sangakkara and White got into the groove and started punishing the bad balls. Only two boundaries were scored in the first 10 overs but then four were hit in two successive overs with three coming off the bat of Lankan batsman.advertisementWhite then broke the shackles by dispatching Ravindra Jadeja for a huge six over the square leg and Sangakkara was just getting better and better as he smashed his compatriot Thisara Perera for a couple of boundaries.The former Lankan skipper raised his fifty with a sweep boundary off Jadeja and took the team past 100-run mark before being dismissed by Vinay Kumar.-With PTI inputslast_img read more