Tristan Thompson might miss Celtics game

Thomas has scored at least 30 points in all three meetings with Cleveland this season, although Boston has lost two of those encounters. He's still effective for the Cavaliers, but the Cavaliers defense sort of goes as Thompson does, so if he's operating at 80 percent of his normal efficiency, then the Cavaliers really struggle to replicate his specific production for the team.

Fans in attendance could not have asked for more from the Cavs' Big Three-combining for 70 points, 26 rebounds, and 21 assists-while they also got to see Kyle Korver's return from a nagging foot injury, and the continued solid play of J.R. Smith. They are winners of two straight games and can take the number one seed back from Boston with a win. "It's like a soap opera, but I love this team".

This will be the first game Thompson has missed after playing 447 consecutive games. That's why he's LeBron James. His 3-point percentage jumps from 33 percent to 41 percent with the day or two of rest. He's been through enough to know that seeding only matters so much come playoff time. "I'm not sure", he said, breaking into a laugh.

Getting the top playoff seed was "a goal that we set going into the season", Curry said, "to make sure the regular season mattered for us, to clinch that, and we did". "I'd rather throw it in the trash". He entered Wednesday coming off back-to-back triple doubles in Sunday's double-overtime win against in and a blowout win over Orlando Tuesday, while logging 89 minutes over those two games. On Sunday, he apologized for an argument with center Tristan Thompson, a flare-up that raised questions about the Cavs' chemistry.

The Magic led 55-53 at halftime before the Cavs blew the doors off with nine 3-pointers and a 23-point swing in the third quarter. "If they don't play, that will be good". LeBron had seven. Kyrie had six. That triggers their championship-level ball movement. It was the kind of passing and shooting that gives you a quick reminder of how lethal this team could be when they're executing their drive-and-kick game. The Magic were helpless.

A 10-0 Phoenix run sliced Golden State's advantage to 104-101 on Ulis' 20-footer with 5:01 to play. James's 37.6 minutes per game this season are second in the league.

Now, he could be without the most integral role players who helped Cleveland win its first title in franchise history a season ago for the nationally televised blockbuster between the teams, both 50-27 with five games remaining, at TD Garden at 8 p.m ET.

  • Salvatore Jensen