Must-win for the Cavs

Being down three games to one heading into tonight's Game 5 at Oracle Arena, it was literally win or go home for LeBron James and the Cavs, with no room for error and their entire season hanging in the balance. Thanks to spectacular performances from both James and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers managed to get out of Oakland unscathed with a win in the Bay.

Overall, the game was close through three quarters, and even in the fourth, the decision could have ultimately gone either way.

Say what you will of the Cavs and their chances, they came out to play tonight and were clearly not ready to call it a day. With LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each finishing the night with 41 points a piece, they single-handedly kept the Cavaliers in the game, and will force a Game 6 back in Cleveland.

Golden State played without Draymond Green

The Warriors were without their hustle and energy player Draymond Green, as he sat out his one game suspension.

One could argue that his lack of being on the floor cost the Warriors the game, and their chance to hoist the championship trophy at home rather than having to go back on the road to Cleveland for a Game 6, but, either way, there's no denying the impact that Draymond has for his Warriors, and what he brings as far as energy and intensity every single night. Ultimately, Klay Thompson's 37 points and 6-11 shooting from beyond the arc wasn't enough to overcome that loss and get the win.

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Can Cleveland keep the momentum?

Regardless of what happens in terms of the overall outcome of this series, the Cavs have to be proud of themselves for coming back into Oracle Arena down three games to one and still managing to get a road win when everyone else expected them to throw in the towel. One could argue that the Cavaliers are simply delaying the inevitable by dragging the series out against the best team in Basketball, but, maybe this is the win the Cavaliers need to come together as they try to survive Game 6 and potentially force a Game 7 (which will also be held at Oracle if necessary).

Whatever happens in Game 6, it appears that, at least for now, the Cleveland Cavaliers are still very much alive in the 2016 NBA Finals.

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