Cleveland Cavaliers reach the NBA Finals

The Cavs 57-21 regular season doesn't show it, but his current team offer LeBron James his best supporting cast throughout his 12-year National Basketball Association career.

Kyrie Irving dominated the Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. "We're going to hold our head high, and they were the better team and they deserve to be in the finals".

And there will be reminders of the Halloween party that James threw for the Cavaliers last fall, with "3-1 Lead" - a nod to what the Warriors lost in last year's Finals - prominently displayed on the drum set.

Boston - King James has another throne.

James also had eight rebounds and eight assists on Thursday night. Along with the concussion that Love suffered in Game 2, the versatile Green was the root of Love's troubles as a less mobile big man. Love averaged just 8.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in the six games he played, but capped the series with nine points, 14 rebounds, two steals and a crucial stop on the perimeter against Steph Curry in Game 7. But in Game 3, the point can be made that everything that could have gone right for the Celtics, did go right.

Thomas added: "We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that".

Lue knows the Cavs are facing a hard task, one made tougher with the addition of the versatile Durant, who can score down low, from the perimeter and free-throw line. "We want to go take back a championship, that's just the nature of a competitor and I think that's the mindset of everyone in this organization to go take back what they took from us".

For a guy like Derrick Williams - who celebrated his 26th birthday with the win - this has been his first career foray into the postseason.

Well, even if James may be playing possum with his compliments for the Warriors, he isn't wrong.

So should the Warriors hammer the Cavs with their superior firepower and depth and defense, while it may satisfy you, it will only serve to mark a disappointing end to what has been a disappointing postseason.

Kyrie Irving had 24 points and seven assists and the Cavaliers, who sat their starters for the entire fourth quarter. They finished 19 of 41 Thursday.

"He's been really good about being encouraging via text and everything else", said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

Looking at the betting trends, the Cavaliers are 7-0-1 ATS in their last eight road games, 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five NBA Championship games. The first "threematch" - rematch of a rematch - in league history.

The Celtics whittled Cleveland's lead to 13 early in the second and used a mini-run to cut the Cavs' halftime lead to 18.

The teams, while maintaining most of the same core from the past two Finals, also look different.

Coach Tyronn Lue said they've gotten tighter this season.

This is the same Isaiah Thomas that averaged 28.9 points per game during the regular season and finished third in the National Basketball Association in scoring. That was my mindset when I started playing the game. "I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was nearly like the championship". The Cavaliers will travel out to Oakland on Tuesday, with Game 1 set for next Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

  • Julie Sanders