Cavs face a ‘must-win’ in Game 5 to avoid NBA Finals defeat

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Cavaliers will face a “must win” in Game 5 of the NBA Finals tonight in Oakland to avoid a second straight finals defeat.

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cavs Friday in Cleveland, 108-97.

Golden State will play without Draymond Green tonight.

He got tangled up with LeBron James late Friday.

The NBA  issued a flagrant one for taking a retaliatory swipe at James below the belt.

Due to previous flagrant fouls, it triggered an automatic suspension.

The Cavs said with or without Green, it will still be a tough one.

“We still gotta play,” said Cavs Head Coach Tyronn Lue. “His suspension doesn’t make us win the game, we gotta go out and win the game and take the game.  It’s a big suspension on their end, but we still gotta play.”

The Warriors lead the series 3-1, so another win would give them their second straight title.

There will be another watch party at Quicken Loans Arena. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. with tip-off at 9 a.m.

Continuing coverage here.