The Show Is Set - Cavaliers Are In The Finals

There you have it, a recap of the conference final series in the NBA Playoffs. It's tough for me to say that is the case. And a third consecutive match-up against the Golden State Warriors.

However, after a 112-99 comeback win in Game 4 and Thursday night's victory over the injury-riddled Celtics, the Cavs now stand at 12-1 this postseason. James plucked passes from midair, found teammates loitering unguarded on the opposite side of the court, drained contested threes with the shot clock running down, flashed down the lane and flushed tomahawk dunks. Our goals were set at the beginning of the season, and that's to win a championship. We didn't talk about championships or anything. "Because I think we saw it first hand, especially in these home games". Simple as that. It's good that we're here now. "It's gonna be a great series", Lue said.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens was disappointed with his team's defense on Irving, who was able to spread the floor while surrounded by shooters.

Kyrie Irving in a Nike Kyrie 3 player's edition. Likewise, a top defensive team in Golden State will need to prepare themselves for the LeBron that showed up against the Celtics in Game 1 and 2.

Can the Cavs do it again?

Act III in this trilogy is overloaded with story lines, with the biggest being whether James and Co. have enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with the Warriors, who added superstar Kevin Durant to a team that won 73 games a year ago before its Finals flameout. Just six other players have made it to at least that many in a row, and they all were part of the Celtics' dynasty, which spanned the 1950s into the 1960s.

The Celtics, who were eliminated from the National Basketball Association playoffs Thursday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated them 135-102 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals, met with members of the media Friday, at which point Thomas was asked about the hip injury that sidelined him for Boston's final three postseason games.

Thompson joined James on the press conference stage after Game 5 in Boston and had some great reactions to a joke LeBron made when comparing himself to Jordan.

James told a press conference, posted by NBA TV on Twitter: "I wear the number because of Mike". I never thought that you could get to a point where Mike was. "So I didn't think I could be Mike".

"The stuff they're running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's (offense) for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing", Lue said. "I'm focused on game four. I was like, 'If I'm not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?' It's carried me all the way to this point now, and it's going to carry me for the rest of my career because scoring is not No. 1 on my agenda".

According to James, watching game three was bad because he could see how their momentum changed in the second half.

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.

  • Julie Sanders