The Cavs and Warriors have been here before — mostly

OAKLAND, Calif. — The task before the Cavaliers never has been done in the NBA, rallying from an 0-3 postseason hole. In NBA history, 125 teams tried. All failed. The Cavs need four straight against the Warriors.

They have one.

“We just never count ourselves out,” said Cavaliers forward Kevin Love.

OK, so that makes about 16 people who have not counted out the Cavs, even with their 137-116 annihilation of the Warriors on Friday in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Still staring at an unenviable 3-1 deficit against the Warriors, who spent recent weeks being compared to the greatest teams ever assembled, Cleveland seeks to make it a 3-2 series Monday at Oracle Arena.

“One game at a time. Most important game is Game 5,” Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson said. “Their crowd will be really into it, but guess what? We’ve been here before.”

The scenario is familiar. Cleveland, down 3-1, going to Oakland to face a record-setting Warriors team. The Cavs have to win the next three.

“I wouldn’t say it’s out of the question. If we play like we did [in Game 4], it’s very possible,” Cleveland’s J.R. Smith said.

A couple factors weigh heavily in the Warriors’ favor: They will have Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.

Last year, Durant was licking his Thunder wounds after being eliminated by the Warriors. And Green was hitting/kicking people in the groin, which led to a Game 5 suspension and a turn in the Finals.

“We felt great about last year, up 3-1,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “So we’re in a great spot, and now we have to capitalize. But last year is last year. … I’m pretty sure Draymond won’t get suspended for Game 5.”

Green received a technical in Game 4 — and some thought it was a second technical. But the refs ruled the first T was against Kerr. It made a night where records fell, tempers rose and jaws dropped almost impossible to absorb.

“I didn’t get one,” Green said of his second tech. “They told me to keep playing. As I asked [referee Marc Davis], he told me to keep playing.”

If anyone might be in trouble, and it is doubtful, it would be Golden State’s Zaza Pachulia, who appeared to hit Iman Shumpert in the groin in the third quarter. The play is being reviewed by the league as a matter of policy.

So we descend upon another Warriors-Cavs Game 5. The Warriors have home-court advantage. The Cavs have history. And the best player on earth.

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“If we play like we played in Game 1 and Game 2 of this series, the series is over,” said LeBron James, averaging a Finals triple-double (31.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, 10.5 assists). “We have to continue to play how we played at home … be physical at the point of attack, continue to move [and] share the ball.

“The last two games we have played Cavaliers basketball.”

Friday in Cleveland, the Cavs set a Finals record for most points in a quarter (49), half (86) and 3-pointers (24), shattering the mark of 18 the Warriors set in Game 2, a standard that stood for all of one game.

“They blitzed us. They had almost 50 points. That’s ridiculous,” Golden State’s Klay Thompson said of the first quarter, which gave a good indication that a never-to-be-broken 16-0 mark would be out of reach. “You can’t hold on to it. It’s gone. It’s over with. Sixteen-and-one sounds pretty damn good anyway.”

And that is what drives the Warriors.

“We understand how special that team is,” said Kyrie Irving, who unleashed a 40-point kaleidoscope of Game 4 scoring. “We have to be even more locked in.”

Because the Warriors remember last year, too.

“We weren’t up 3-0 last year, so it’s a little different. … Thank God I get to play in Game 5,” Green said.

“I love the vibe we had in the locker room after the game, understanding what we need to do,” Stephen Curry. “Going home is a good feeling, but it has to go with playing better.”