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Frye explains what really changed Warriors-Cavs 2016 Finals

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Two days after the Warriors took a three-games-to-one series lead in the 2016 NBA Finals vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers, the NBA retroactively assessed Draymond Green a Flagrant 1 foul, which triggered an automatic one-game suspension.

If Draymond played in Game 5, would Golden State have won that series in five games?

"No. No," Channing Frye told NBC Sports Bay Area's Grant Liffmann this week on the "Dubs Talk" podcast.

It's not a surprise whatsoever that Frye -- who was on that Cavs squad -- responded in this manner.

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"I think Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli getting hurt is really what changed it," Frye said. "And when we won that one game, we realized, 'OK. This is how we need to play. We have to play rough. We have to grab and hold.'

"Our whole mentality changed."

First of all -- Ezeli did not get hurt, as he played in all seven games.

Bogut, meanwhile, sustained a left knee injury early in the third quarter of Game 5 and missed the rest of the series. Not having him available certainly wasn't a good thing for the Warriors, who missed his presence at times.

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But as Frye said: "When we won that one game ..." Precisely. LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cavs took advantage of Draymond's absence in Game 5, and that propelled them moving forward.

 

It certainly didn't help that Harrison Barnes went 5-for-32 from the field over Games 5 through 7, but we don't need to re-litigate everything that happened about four-and-a-half years ago.

Happy New Year everybody.

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