Celtics star Isaiah Thomas unsure if he'll need hip surgery
May 28 2017 by Dustin Murphy
"[Surgery is] not the No. 1 option right now but it could be once the swelling goes down", Thomas told reporters. Golden State will practice again Saturday then take Sunday as its last off day ahead of Thursday's Game 1 at Oracle Arena. The Warriors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 NBA Championship games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall.
But it all evaporated. Cleveland won the three road games in the series by a combined 90 points, the last two by a total of 77.
Against that backdrop, the Warriors and Cavaliers will leave an indelible imprint on National Basketball Association history when they face off this June. He played just 18 minutes in game two while playing through the lingering pain.
By winning the Eastern Conference Championship with the win over the Celtics in Boston, the Cavaliers earned the right to face the Western Conference Champion Golden State Warriors for the National Basketball Association title for third straight season.
"We've got a long way to go", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "I feel great about where the team is". According to ESPN, Golden State was a -20,000 favorite against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round, -10,000 against the Utah Jazz in the second round and -1,600 to win against the San Antonio Spurs.
And they're doing this without their head coach. But the individual series are not as compelling as what we had a year ago. If he loses, then people can turn to the fact that he should have lost because the Warriors were better, even he said so. "We're in the NBA Finals".
However, he said his goal is not just to match Jordan's numbers.
There's notably also another superstar on Golden State's already-loaded roster. "And they've added an unbelievable player in Kevin Durant this year".
"This will be talked about long after us", Green said. We made progress. But not good enough.
"As you can see in our play, especially in his play, he's been the driving force this whole, entire playoff run", Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving said.
Win or lose, the Cavaliers will have to improve their defense this offseason.
"The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title", Cavs forward Kevin Love said following Saturday's practice. Five of the six were sweeps and another was a five-game series.
LeBron James went to the Finals each season he played with the Heat, but was Miami as dominant against the East in the postseason as James' Cleveland teams have been?
Can the Cavs do it again?
James will appear in his seventh consecutive Finals as he seeks his fourth title. The next active player, Durant, is far behind James at 2,872 playoff points, although the Golden State forward is also four years younger.
James scored 35 points, passing Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list along the way, and Kyrie Irving had 24 for Cleveland.
"Throughout the series, I didn't get the opportunity to have that moment (with Thomas)", James said Thursday night. Winning more than twice as many games as the year before qualified as a tremendous accomplishment. And so, I think maybe there's just a lack of appreciation for greatness. "If I'm not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?" "As of tonight, I'll get started". When you're growing up and you're seeing Michael Jordan, it's nearly like a God. "He's a guy who said he wanted us, and he has us starting next Thursday and you know he's a guy who brings it every single night, so now with the way the Finals went down past year if I were in his shoes, I would want the same thing".
A Warriors' team bent on revenge stands in his way.