The Four Plays that led to Four NBA Titles
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By Duane Rohrbacher

CLEVELAND,OH – LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks with the press after the game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals on June 8, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

If you closely follow the four NBA Finals played between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s easy to break down the outcomes into four simple plays. These plays shifted momentum for the entire series, and without these four plays, the outcomes could be completely different.

In this hypothetical world, four plays stick out: Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving banging his knee against Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson in overtime of Game 1 the 2015 NBA Finals.

Warriors forward Draymond Green hitting Cavs superstar LeBron James below the belt in Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals. Cavs sharpshooter Kyle Korver missing a wide open three in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA...

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