The Golden State Warriors find themselves in a very peculiar position as they trail the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals 3-1. Just three years ago, they found themselves in a position where they led 3-1 before LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers made a miraculous comeback to win the 2016 championship.
Teams that find themselves leading a series 3-1, almost always go on to win the championship, an incredible 33 out of 34 times where the leading team have gone on to win the series. The one team who was able to overcome the deficit was the Cavaliers in that famous 2016 Finals series.
Opposition fans have loved making up jokes about the Warriors blowing a 3-1 lead. Now the franchise can write their own history with an opportunity to turn things around against the Raptors in Game 5 in Toronto.
“We’ve been on the wrong end of 3-1 before, why not make our own history?,” Draymond Green preached in his post-game press conference following the Game 4 loss.
Stephen Curry added onto this when he was asked about what he and the franchise have learned from the nightmare finish to the 2016 Finals series.
That it’s not over,” Curry stated firmly. “It’s not a good feeling right now, obviously, but like you said, we have been on both sides of it. And for us it’s an opportunity for us to just flip this whole series on its head, and you got to do it one game at a time.”
If there’s a team that overcome the odds and mirror the Cavs of 2016, then it certainly may be this Golden State Warriors team, especially if Kevin Durant can return from his calf injury. It will be tough for the two-time Finals MVP to return completely healthy and at his best but the Warriors are at a stage where they just need to roll the dice and take some risks.
It has to be noted that the Warriors will need to win two games on the road now to win the series, it may not be that big of a concern for the side as they’ve lost to the Raptors in the last three games that they’ve played against them in Oracle Arena.
The Warriors will need to put everything on the line in Game 5 if they can pull off an upset then who knows what could happen next.