It's a 'threematch' for the NBA Finals

The Cavaliers won the Central Division over the Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers by 9 games.

"They're a tough team to go against regardless", Love said.

Isaiah Thomas is Boston's best player, but he knows the Celtics need another star to compete for a championship and doesn't mind if they give big bucks to a free agent before him.

"I said to to myself, 'we can't tie this series, we just can't do that '". Their Game 3 loss was their only one in the postseason. Kelly Olynyk another. Marcus Smart stepped into the starting lineup, and rookie Jaylen Brown helped out from the bench. It took the ideal storm and some historic play from James and Kyrie Irving to do the improbable past year.

"The best team in our league the last three years", James said of Golden State after the Cavaliers dispatched the Boston Celtics in a five-game Eastern Conference final. "Collectively, we can take away what an elite (team) looks like".

41 points were Kyrie Irving's all time high in the National Basketball Association playoff, which he achieved when they faced the Golden State Warriors and it was the highest point ever scored by a teammate of Lebron James in a postseason game. Uncle Drew, Kyrie Irving slowed down in this game deliverin24points and 7 assists, but Kevin Love maintained his double-double streak, with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

The 28-year-old Thomas aggravated his specific injury - officially labeled as a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear - during Game 6 of the second-round series against the Washington Wizards on May 12.

Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points, and Gerald Green scored 14. "If not, then we'll wait until next summer and then we'll see where we go". "I told our guys: 'We made a lot of great strides, but this pain is part of the path to what we ultimately want to be"'.

The Celtics would be outscored 43-27 in the first quarter.

Because of James and his teammates, the Cavaliers are bound for the NBA Finals for the third straight season. LeBron James even sat out the final two games of the regular season, giving him six days off before the start of the playoffs. He watched Game 5 in street clothes. "The way he's playing, he's deserving of all the credit he's getting", Irving said before listing some of the Celtics who shone in Thomas' absence.

It's amusing how it all plays out.

"I feel good", Iguodala said after practice on Saturday. "The great thing about this is the experience". "I went when I was 23 years old, and it felt like the Western Conference Finals was nearly like the championship".

  • Julie Sanders