No surprise: It's Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals

"But while I can sit here and say that, Kyrie Irving was very special tonight". "Since I fell down in March, I think that's what aggravated it". Then he tied a team playoff record with his 21 points in the third, set a Cavs postseason record with nine field goals and scored the final 14 points of the period.

Thompson didn't post huge numbers, finishing with just seven points and seven boards one game after his 18-point, 13-rebound night in Game 3. "They had multiple people come in and talk to me about what's more important, but I definitely wasn't trying to hear that at that point in time".

Yet, they ultimately righted the ship and put in the best season for the Wizards/Bullets franchise since 1978-79.

"I think it's a great thing for the league, contrary to popular belief where everyone says it's boring", Green said Friday.

"Just to never quit".

"We were down", Lue said. "We knew it wouldn't be easy, but we got some things we can correct and come back ready to go on Tuesday (in Game 4)". He always gave us courage and told us that we can compete through anything, through adversity.

They'll collide again, starting next week. There were other times where Brooks had to bring out what Bradley Beal once described as his "dark side". They've been on a crash course for the NBA Finals since the beginning of the season and their two previous Finals appearances were both highly competitive. When his 3-pointer splashed with a half-second left in the quarter, the Cavs led 87-80. "They were unbelievable. Irving was incredible at the end of the third, and then obviously LeBron had all those baskets in the fourth". Beal summed up Brooks' approach well. He has a relationship with everyone on the team. But I'd love to be here. He holds everybody accountable. But I'd love to be here. At the same time, he knows when to have fun and when to be serious. I'll also be interested to see if Channing Frye plays more of a role or if we'll see Richard Jefferson on the floor in the next round.

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.

But despite the pedestrian numbers, the attention Boston paid to Tristan allowed Love to snag a Playoff career-high in rebounds while posting a game-best +14 number in his 37 minutes of action.

He says working with the players is part of what he missed most in his one year off after the Oklahoma City Thunder fired him following the 2014-15 season. "If I'm not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?"

Let's be honest, not many are giving the Cleveland Cavaliers much of a chance in the NBA Finals. "I'll be like, "F--.' They're running all kinds of s--, man". I missed being around the players. You come to work excited and you have enthusiasm for the day.

"The one on Smart, I don't know". "I'm not sure there are good choices".

There is some truth to both arguments, but the fact of the matter is these teams aren't almost as bad as they're perceived to be after LeBron gets through with them and he deserves credit for such consistent and interminable dominance that doesn't appear to be reaching its climax anytime soon.

The three-time National Basketball Association champion has been ruthless this postseason and wrapped things up in Boston is style.

  • Salvatore Jensen