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Instant Replay: Cavs stun Warriors in Game 5, force Game 6

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Instant Replay: Cavs stun Warriors in Game 5, force Game 6

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OAKLAND – No Draymond, no defense. And the Warriors were no better on offense.

Playing without suspended defensive ace Draymond Green, the Warriors were unable to slow the Cavaliers and took a 112-97 loss Monday night at Oracle Arena in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

The Warriors own a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series, which goes back to Cleveland for Game 6 on Thursday.

Klay Thompson poured in 37 points to lead the Warriors in scoring, Steph Curry tossed in 25 and Andre Iguodala totaled 15. The Warriors never found consistent offense, shooting only 36.4 percent from the field and committing 17 turnovers.

They were even less effective on defense. Cleveland shot 53 percent from the field – 61.1 percent in the third quarter – with Kyrie Irving torching every defender in sight to finish with a game-high-tying 41 points on 17-of-24 shooting. LeBron James also dropped in 41 as the Cavs staved off elimination.

Warriors center Andrew Bogut left the game early in the third quarter after sustained a sprained left knee. He did not return.

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Though he couldn’t do much to stop Irving, Thompson carried the offensive weight like a champ. And while Iguodala played his usual hyperactive defense, he also delivered offense not unlike that which might have been submitted by Green.

Thompson’s line: 37 points (11-of-20 shooting from the field, including 6-of-11 beyond the 3-point stripe) and three rebounds. He played 41 minutes and was minus-21 for the game – largely due to Irving’s blistering shooting.

Iguodala’s line: 15 points (6-of-13, 1-of-4), 11 rebounds, six assists and two steals. He played 41 minutes and finished minus-13.

TURNING POINT:
The teams were locked in a 61-61 tie at the half before the Cavs came out and opened the third quarter with a 13-5 run, taking a 74-66 lead on a 3-pointer by Irving with 7:45 remaining in the quarter.

The Warriors spent the remainder of the game trailing, getting no closer than three, before the Cavs pulled away in the fourth quarter.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: Bogut sustained a left knee injury with 10:29 left in the third quarter and 22 seconds later was assisted off the floor and into the locker room. F Kevon Looney (L hip surgery) and G Ian Clark (healthy) were placed on the inactive list. Green was, by league rule, on the active list but unavailable.

Cavaliers: No injuries were reported. C Sasha Kaun and G Jordan McRae were placed on the inactive list.

WHAT’S NEXT:
Game 6 is set for Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. PDT.

Warriors' Steph Curry reveals Wi-Fi name, more in wide-ranging interview

Warriors' Steph Curry reveals Wi-Fi name, more in wide-ranging interview

The game "21 Questions" could make for a less awkward first date -- and not only because your date showed up looking completely different from their photos on the app.

It's also a great way to get to know Steph Curry.

The Warriors' star guard didn't surprise us with too many of his answers during an interview with "House of Highlights" while he was on the Under Armour Basketball Asia Tour.

For starters, his all-time favorite sneakers are the Under Armour Curry 1s. And he would eat pizza for the rest of his life if he could -- with pepperoni, sausage and mushrooms. 

The two-time MVP also let the world know he pays for his own Netflix account (must be nice) and makes sure to brush his teeth as soon as he wakes up.

But ...

When asked which player gets under his skin the most, it seemed like it would probably be a current teammate of his. But, it's actually his brother Seth. Which, now that I think about it, makes sense:

Imagine having Steph be your brother and you want to do everything in your power to try to jinx him ... yeah, good luck with that.

The six-time All-Star keeps it in the family when he says his No. 30 jersey number was inspired by his dad, Dell Curry, who sported the digits across his 10-year NBA career. 

[RELATED: Curry reveals prank Dubs veteran played on him as rookie]

But the most fun and important nugget we found out during the quick interview was what the name of his Wi-Fi was.

"Spicy Curry," he said.

Nice. Very nice.

How Warriors' salary-cap expert played pivotal role in NBA free agency

How Warriors' salary-cap expert played pivotal role in NBA free agency

Few people were busier at the onset of NBA free agency than David Kelly.

Kelly, Golden State's general counsel and vice president of legal basketball affairs, serves as the team's salary-cap expert. Once Kevin Durant informed the Warriors he was going to join the Brooklyn Nets when the free-agency moratorium began on June 30, Kelly had to get to work. 

“Everything has to be in order,” Kelly told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson in a feature published Tuesday. “[Warriors general manager Bob Myers'] big thing is, ‘If you’re telling me this is right, be right. When you say it’s right, be right. I need to know that you’re on top of this.’ So you have to know what you’re doing and when you’re doing it. And it’s true with this stuff even more than a lot of things because the rules, they’re not intuitive. Sometimes you wonder, ‘Why is it that you can’t use this or that?’ It doesn’t necessarily make sense. But if you trip it, that’s a wrap.”

As Thompson outlines, Kelly had to navigate the convoluted maze of the NBA's collective bargaining agreement in order to ensure the Warriors were cap-compliant. It wasn't so simple as signing-and-trading for D'Angelo Russell, re-signing Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney, adding Willie Cauley-Stein and parting ways with veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. For Kelly, the sequence of moves mattered more than the moves themselves. 

For instance, Kelly told Thompson that the Warriors could not sign second-round picks Alen Smailagić and Eric Paschall until after the Russell sign-and-trade was finished. Since both players ultimately were signed using the mid-level exception in order to retain their Bird Rights, the Warriors couldn't sign them until the Russell deal was official. The Warriors wouldn't have been able to do a sign-and-trade otherwise, which Kelly realized when dotting 'i's' and crossing 't's.'

“That was like, ‘Whoa. Wait a minute. Hold the presses. Slow everything down,’" Kelly told Thompson. "And it’s not like the deal almost blew up. But it’s a moment where, if you aren’t as diligent, that’s what happens. This is how things get screwed up. And there might have been a way to get around it. But we don’t even want to go down that road.”

[RELATED: Will Paschall be an instant contributor for Dubs next season?]

The Warriors "circled Russell as an option months earlier when mapping out the potential scenarios" in free agency, according to Thompson. The transaction that caught NBA fans off guard more than any other on the first day of free agency resulted from long-term planning and quickly came to light in part because of that planning.

But Kelly's diligence allowed it to come to fruition.