Cavaliers rout Celtics in Game 5, earn trip to NBA Finals

If you thought that Marcus Smart was going to have another stellar shooting game, LeBron James was going to put up another stinker, and the Boston Celtics would stun the world again, I have some bad news for you. Cleveland head coach Ty Lue said Boston's offense is more hard to plan for than the Golden State Warriors'; even if that's hyperbole, the comment shows a deep respect for how quickly Stevens has gotten his guys to adapt. Now they just have to hope that history doesn't repeat itself from the last time they were in a series that involved a 3-1 lead.

There's plenty of bad blood between Golden State and Cleveland as we head into the third straight NBA Finals matchup between the two sides.

The two finals teams have lost just one game between them on the way to the finals, the Warriors going a flawless 12-0 in cutting a swathe through the Western Conference and the Cavs dropping just one game.

The 2016 champion Cavs will battle the 2015 champion Warriors for the third straight year.

James scored 35 points in the series-clinching victory against the Boston Celtics to reach 5,995 points, taking him past the previous mark of 5,987 set by basketball great Jordan.

As much as this series was about James, Irving helped turn the tide of the series with a 42-point effort in Game 4. With each thunderous performance - and this postseason has been full of them as the Cavs, 12-1 in these playoffs, coasted into a rematch with the Golden State Warriors - he draws ever closer to his idol.

Watch over highlights from the 2017 NBA Playoffs on YouTube, and stay connected to the Cavs on social media for updates. No team is better at completely overwhelming opponents than Golden State, which may be the best way to shake the Cavs and keep them from getting into any sort of groove. "Now we can start focusing on Golden State to get ready".

Then he went 3-of-7 for eight points as the Cavaliers leveled the series in Game 6.

"I wear the number because of Mike", James said.

LeBron James has topped a Michael Jordan record. That's a big reason why LeBron James is making his seventh NBA Finals appearance in a row.

"He just never had the opportunity because of the team at that point in time".

But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players. "And as a team it was our job to bring him up to that and I'm glad he accomplished it and as well as going back to the NBA Finals".

"He's one of the most competitive players in the league. It was 1 vs. 2", Irving said. "And if and when we get to that point, I want to annihilate them". "I can't lie", Durant said, when comparing the 2012 Finals trip to this one.

The Warriors have rolled through the playoffs, having yet to lose a game.

  • Julie Sanders