LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record
May 30 2017 by Dustin Murphy
But the Cavaliers and the Warriors have all the marbles on the line. "Two great teams, great players, and that's what it is".
That hardly sounds like James, who not too long ago declared his confidence by noting, "I'm the best player in the world". Like I tweeted, James could full up a drawer with his "Eastern Conference champions" T-shirts at this point.
But let's not mince words: James didn't just beat the Celtics in Thursday's Game 5 win.
The Cavs' Big Three are playing their best at the right time. As always, LeBron will have to do a bit of everything for Cleveland.
The last time LeBron wasn't in the Finals was 2010.
Green is perhaps the toughest matchup in the National Basketball Association for Love, who is otherwise an All-Star averaging 17.2 points and 10.4 rebounds in the playoffs.
The Warriors finally played a close game during these playoffs.
The Celtics did their best to keep up, but the consistent outside shooting, bench scoring and defense they relied on to stun Cleveland in Game 3 wasn't there Thursday night.
Then, after spending much of his free time flying cross-country to be with his family, Thomas had a tooth knocked out in Game 1 of the conference semifinals against Washington. I mean, you could view him as Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader, which ... wait, how has a Hollywood Studio not greenlit a crossover yet? They got a big scare in late February when Durant had a left knee injury, but he's back and the Warriors have rolled since.
Celtics: Thomas spoke to coach Brad Stevens and told him that he has visited one hip specialist and plans to see more before it's decided if he needs surgery. A similar performance will be absolutely necessary for the Cavs to topple the Dubs. But as this series revealed, they had no answer for Kevin Love or for Kylie Irving either. He capped his blistering 19-point outburst with a 3 in the final second of the quarter and celebrated at mid-court by pretending to put two pistols back in his holster. "A lot more words to say, but that's the gist of it". How will Golden State guard Kyrie Irving?
I am interested in your opinions on who will win this series. And it would do the same for all of the incumbent Warriors' core, including Curry, Klay Thompson and Green.
The Boston Celtics showed this postseason that they have players who could fill in for Isaiah Thomas when the star point guard was injured. The Lions won the regular-season finale the week before the title game and scored first on a field goal by Walker. If he wakes up, the Cavaliers could be toast. Love scored the Cavs' first eight points and totaled 10 points and five rebounds in the period. We were really good defensively. Against Boston, Tyronn Lue deployed LeBron at center for some brief stretches, and those lineups were devastating offensively. "To not be able to go back out there in that second half and continue that series was painful". So it makes it even more risky when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys.. Still, the stakes will be on another level in this round, and Brown will have to make tougher decisions than he's had to over the last three rounds. It could also help the Warriors get that bad taste out of their mouth from their collapse in last year's series.
Irving was moving around and putting up shots during the Cavs' morning shootaround.
BostonCeltics' Jaylen Brown (7) defends against Cleveland Cavaliers'LeBron James (23) during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Cleveland.
Cleveland has steamrolled through the East in the postseason since James returned home, going 36-5 in three years. That's easier said than done for multiple reasons.
Game 4: Golden State at Cleveland When: Friday, June 9 - 9 p.m.
While the Warriors have posted a ideal 12-0 record in the playoffs this season, the Cavs have almost matched them. Cleveland's shooters will also have to hold their own defensively.
Cleveland came through the East by winning 12 of their 13 games and will look to defend their title against the Warriors, who were a flawless 12-0 as they came through the Western Conference play-offs.
The Warriors will be heavily favored in the Finals, and rightfully so.