Celtics' Thomas: Surgery on hip not top option

"They just stayed resilient all year, got to the playoffs, and we really stepped our game up", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

The NBA Playoffs are a proving ground for players, a time to see whether their talents match up with the ability to handle the pressure of increased physicality, a higher level of intensity and meaningful moments at every point of the game. "I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was nearly like the championship". So I didn't believe that I could be Mike.

Regardless of what happens in this year's NBA Finals and in the coming years, James has already put himself into the conversation with the NBA's all-time greats like Jordan and Bryant. "(Chasing his ghost) is just my personal goal to keep me motivated", James said. Kyrie Irving finished with 24 points and 7 assists. Hopefully, it won't be as one-sided as all of the playoff series for both teams.

James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have been dominant this postseason, going 12-1 to advance to the Finals, sweeping their first two opponents.

As much as we all hate preordained championship matchups, we can't automatically blame every National Basketball Association travail on the dominance of Golden State and Cleveland.

The Cavs can reach their third straight NBA Finals, and LeBron James his seventh in a row, with a win in Game 5 on Thursday night in Boston.The Celtics have to fight on without leading scorer Isaiah Thomas, who is out for the remainder of the playoffs with a hip injury.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio. It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs. "Our offensive mistakes led to bad defense, and it just kind of snowballed on us".

"I don't care who you're playing, to make it to the NBA Finals, to win your conference finals, it's a big task", Brown said.

"I think collectively you take away what elite looks like because I think we saw it first-hand, especially in these home games".

The 5-foot-8 point guard said he wants to play until he's 40, and he'd like to do it in Boston.

On the next trip down the floor, Irving pulled up for and buried his second triple of the quarter, and that gave the Cavaliers an 83-63 lead over the Celtics with 10:15 to play in the period.

"I think first of all I wear the number (23) because of Mike", he told reporters after finishing the game with 35 points to take his total to 5,995 points.

  • Julie Sanders