Cavaliers set franchise playoff record for points in a half
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 26, 2017,
May 26, 2017, 16:23
With a Game 5 win against the Celtics on Thursday night, the Cavaliers will now be going up against the Warriors in the Finals for the third straight year. However, the Eastern Conference finals have shown that there are still adjustments that need to be made to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After getting eliminated, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens now looks ahead to the National Basketball Association draft and said, "It's pretty cool to think that in three weeks you've got the No. 1 pick in the draft". "(But) this team was fully committed to getting better every day.
James' three-pointer gave him 5,989 career points in postseason - one more than Jordan. Perhaps most telling of the Cavs' dominance was the fact that the Celtics never led once throughout their three games in Boston.
But beyond James' foul trouble, the Cavs were having other issues as the Celtics outplayed them at both ends while opening a 16-point lead. And looking at the final score, the gap between them and the Cavaliers seemed bigger than ever. The Celtics have been one of the league's most improved teams from last season after earning the first seed in the East this season. There will be more record-breaking performances to come.
It was a very welcomed sight in Irving's case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland's Game 4 win.
At the time, many people - mainly doubters - looked right past the accomplishment and chalked it up to Cleveland not caring down the stretch.
After the final horn, James stopped handing out conference championship hats and t-shirts to do the customary post game interview on the floor with TNT where he referred to Golden State as "that juggernaut out west" and he repeated the phrase a short time later following the trophy presentation. "I think I fell in love with the game because of Michael, just seeing what he was able to accomplish", James said.
All the Celtics have done over the past five-plus months is overcome adversity. The Celtics would go on to win the following game 111-108, before falling to the Cavs in Game 4 again. "The only thing that matters now is to get a win back in Boston". "They just stayed resilient all year, got to the playoffs, and we really stepped our game up", he said. "We stuck together all season long and it was fun to be a part of".
Bradley ended with 23 points. The Celtics were expected to lose. They're coming out and they're hitting us, they don't care who you are.
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