Cavaliers not taking Game 5 closeout opportunity for granted
- Author: Julie Sanders May 29, 2017,
May 29, 2017, 22:52
With 40 more points, James could also become the first player in National Basketball Association history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs. Williams is a backup now with the Cavaliers, but he was a bright spot for the team in the Eastern Conference Game 5 closeout win over the Boston Celtics by scoring 14 points in 17 minutes.
In the third quarter alone, Irving tied a Cavalier postseason record for points in a quarter (21), and set a franchise playoff record for field goals made in a single quarter with nine. He finished with 35 points and had the record to himself at 5,995. Cleveland, which seemed sleepy at times in the regular season, went 12-1 in the Eastern Conference playoffs that ended with a win over Boston on Thursday night.
James promptly knocked down two more three-pointers before the end of the third period.
LeBron James delved into a bit of hyperbole when he said, "I feel some adversity is part of the postseason".
Through his career, James has averaged 28 points, approximately seven assists and nine rebounds per game in the Playoffs, ranking among the league's all-time bests.
"It made me look back to see how fast everything can be taken away from me", Thomas said.
LeBron James shoots over Jae Crowder.
The Cavaliers, who sat their starters for the entire fourth quarter, begin their third straight NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors next Thursday in Oakland.
Too much had happened in the Cavs' 135-102 Game 5 victory over the Boston Celtics.
This will also be the first time that the same two teams will face each other in the Finals three years in a row.
He continued, "So I think that helped shape my game". Despite having a game-high 29 points on an efficient night from the floor, the Cavs took a loss thanks to a woeful second half of play. With Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley already on the roster and the No. 1 draft pick available to be used on top prospect Markelle Fultz, Boston could potentially move on from their top scorer.
"I wish could say he was, and I'm sure he wishes he could, as well, but that's where we are right now". "It's tough to say that we didn't expect it; we knew they'd be right there". "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". Games 1 and 2 will be on Golden State's home floor.
All this time Brown never wanted the money he earned by beating Lue in a shooting contest when the Cavaliers coach was an National Basketball Association newcomer, yet Golden State's acting coach who spent two stints leading Cleveland joked how Lue can surely afford it these days.