LeBron James says the Cleveland Cavaliers will not be changing their starting line-up for Sunday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors altered their starting line-up for Game 4, replacing Andrew Bogut with Andre Iguodala, and it paid off with a 103-82 victory that levelled the series.
The fifth game of a potential seven is at Golden State’s home in Oakland, California and James insists the Cavaliers are capable of adjusting on court without changing their line-up.
“We’re going to play our game,” James said. “We’ve gotten to this point by playing the way we play, and we’re not going to change. We’ll make adjustments throughout the game, but we won’t change our starting line-up.”
Cavaliers coach David Blatt supports James’s theory and he says the finals series as a whole shows that his team are not in desperate need of change ahead of the trip to California.
“If you look at the one game, it makes you think, ‘OK, we’ve got to change this, that and the other thing.’ If you look at the four games, in three out of four of those games we were pretty good doing the things that we did. So I think you’ll see a combination of both of those possibilities,” Blatt said.
The Cavaliers are 3.80 to win Game 5, with Warriors 1.25 to make their home-court advantage count.
The Cavaliers are 4.00 to win the series and give James his third NBA Championship-winning medal.