Deja who? Warriors fans believe there isn’t any real deja vu in returning home for a NBA Finals Game 5 up three games to one over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Yes this has happened before. Just a year ago. But those Warriors didn’t have Kevin Durant who, in case you haven’t heard, transformed the Warriors from a Super Team into a… well, a Super Team. (You’d have to ask Stan Lee, probably, to explain the subtleties of superness, since the presumably less super Warriors won an unprecedented 73 regular season game without KD last year.) Plus Draymond Green will play this year at home in Game 5, a scene some untimely technicals prevented him from attending last year.
But man, Cleveland fans know who Deja is — and she’s in view for sure in their minds. But in addition to Green and Durant, the Cavaliers will face another opponent that last year was a little humbled by its changing circumstances: the crowd at Oracle Arena, otherwise known as Roaracle Arena for the decibel level and passion of the Warriors faithful. Last year the crowd seemed in shock as the Cavs took back the series against all odds. This year not only will Green and Durant be in uniform, but the Roaracle crowd will be rabid and very busy making the arena live up to its nickname. LeBron James says the Cavs need to be “20 times better in this building.” Maybe 30 — because this year there’s no element of surprise. The Warriors fans can’t be stunned into submission.