LeBron James tops Michael Jordan as all-time playoffs scoring leader

These are tough times we live in. But it's uncertain if Kerr will return to the bench for the NBA Finals.

"I don't know. That's a question that none of us can answer in here".

The Celtics finish the season having won the Eastern Conference regular-season title, and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2012.

Who isn't consumed with this?

"Isaiah just encouraged us to play hard and play together", Al Horford said after the Celtics were eliminated from the National Basketball Association postseason with a 135-102 Game 5 loss to the Cavaliers. Nichols noted James added it was most important he accomplished the feat "being me". In this series (the regular season, with a win for each team, means nothing), we'll learn how the demons of past year are doing. "That's all I can give you right now". Golden State has lost Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes, but they brought in Durant, and his playoff performance to date - 25.2 points on 55.6 percent shooting - has been exactly what the Warriors wanted when they signed him last July. "He was just playing confident", Lue said. And he likely still is, making his own bit of history Thursday as he passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's all-time leading postseason scorer - at just 32 years old with plenty of time to add to his total. Tristen Thompson has learned to shoot free throws and still tosses bodies around under the rim.

"Whatever they have to do to continue to play at - not just a normal level - at an MVP level, that's what I've been on the doctors about", he said.

Golden State led the league with a 67-15 record this season and is 27-1 in its last 28 games, including the playoffs.

So with that behind them, what do the Cavs have to worry about?

The Warriors are the favorites, for obvious reasons, even if James is looking as dominant as ever, as if he isn't a 14-year veteran.

After this year's lackluster NBA playoffs, buckle up: The Warriors and Cavaliers are back in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year.

The Warriors swept San Antonio Spurs 4-0 in the Western Conference finals.

They will face the Golden State Warriors, also for the third straight year, starting on June 1. "But it doesn't mean anything going into the next series, and we have to understand that".

"As a group", Marcus Smart said, "we did what most didn't think we could do". "The great thing about this is the experience", Bradley said. There was too much jubilation and joy in the Cavs' locker room to wade into that territory. It's not the end of the world.

"Throughout the series, I didn't get the opportunity to have that moment", James said. "Drawing two defenders and no matter if you win or lose, if you make the right play, it's OK". But honestly, probably not. "Thirty teams suit up every year trying to get to this point, and only two teams do".

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