Warriors look to complete historic playoff run with Finals sweep

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers know something about historic comebacks.

They need another one, starting Friday night in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

No NBA team had overcome a 3-1 deficit in the Finals until LeBron James and the Cavs did it a year ago, storming back and stunning defending champion Golden State. The Warriors failed to crown a regular season in which they set a record with 73 wins.

No team has ever recovered from the 3-0 deficit facing the Cavaliers this year. Teams are 0-126 in the same situation.

Still, veteran guard Richard Jefferson said following Friday’s shootaround the Cavs aren’t giving up or giving in. He said “most of the guys in our locker room have done something that’s never been done in the history of the game of basketball. We understand the task is large, we understand the task has not been done before.”

Jefferson said the Cavs are not guaranteeing four victories in a row.

He said they are going to come out as a confident group, play hard and give themselves a chance in Game 4.

“Then go on to the next game,” Jefferson said, “and then go on to the next game and see what happens.”

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