Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye may not be playing as much has he should during the NBA Finals so far, but he is one of the veterans on this year's team and he is making his voice heard heading into Game 5 Monday night. Following the announcement that Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green will be suspended for one game, both teams talked about the play that led to the suspension. For much of the talk, it wasn't good. Whether it was Warriors guard Klay Thompson saying that it's a "man's game" just hours after complaining about a screen set by Cavs center Timofey Mozgov or LeBron James laughing at Thompson's comments, things seem to be a little chippy heading into Monday night.
Frye made his voice heard to the media, via cleveland.com's Chris Haynes:
"My honest opinion? I don't give a [bleep] what they say. I give no [bleeps] what they say, whatsoever. Like, zero. It's like, 'OK.' I don't care. I honestly don't care about anything they say. The only thing I'm focused on is what my teammates think, what our fans think and what my family thinks. Other than that, I've got one job and that's to win this next game. They can talk, they can say what they want, they can complain, they can scream, they can cry. We've got a job to do. We're not going to be distracted by all that."
The forward, who has averaged just 0.5 points and 0.8 rebounds in 8.3 minutes per game in the Finals so far, was not only sticking up for teammates, but also making sure to put their opponent in their place. Cleveland is only worried about one thing and that is what happens on the court, nothing else matters, and Frye reiterated that to Haynes. Down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, they now have to win three consecutive games, but the sharpshooter admitted that they are just going game-by-game and treating every game as a one-game series.
"That's almost the dumbest thing I've ever heard in my life. We've got to win one game or we're going to lose. So, we're in a one-game series."
While the Cavaliers seem to be saying and doing all the right things off the court, they have to make sure to do all the right things on the court starting Monday night. They can't lose a single game the rest of the series, two of which will be on the road. Frye and company seem to have a chip on their shoulder following the Warriors' comments about James and the rest of the Cavaliers following Green's suspension. If they want to have a Game 6 back in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, they will use that chip to their advantage Monday night.