Cavaliers vs. Celtics Game 5 live stream
- Author: Julie Sanders May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 2:11
Thomas is still collecting information on the best way to treat his right hip injury, which could potentially require surgery.
"I'm going to be honest", James told reporters in Boston on Thursday. "We'll see how they match up against Golden State and how that goes". "So I gotta come out and compete just like he's got to come out and compete". The Celtics know that any mistakes in transition will be punished, and the Celtics can not afford to give them that offense.
"I've been very blessed the last few years to be a part of this league and play on the big stage", said Cleveland star LeBron James, who has now reached the Finals for the eighth time - including each of the last seven years.
"It was a weird game", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. In this season's playoffs leading up to Game 5 against Boston, James averaged 32.2 points and shot 55.4% from the field, including 40.6% on threes, in 12 games. Also a sequence of Brown sitting on the bench looking dejected instantly became a meme, causing the Celtics rookie to be lampooned on Twitter. After torching the Celtics for 35, James now sits at 5,995 postseason career points. James was a plus-45 in the record-setting 130-86 victory in Boston.
On the other hand, James acknowledged before Game 5 that topping Jordan's overall legacy is "a personal goal of mine". Despite this, the Celtics rookie was still unsure if James executed a legal play. I may not follow the sport, but even I know that. It looked like he was about to take it.
This brings me back to this matchup being so predictable. "I'm expecting him to make the call, but he didn't".
Instead, the Cavaliers ruined the Warriors' ideal story by creating one of their own, delivering title-starved Cleveland its first championship in more than a half-decade, brought home by a local star with his own deep history with the region. There was nearly too much historical context to dissect, and so James did what his instincts told him to do.
He's the best player in the game. "We lost; it happens". Was this a direct result of Johnson talking smack to James?
Not only were the defending champions playing their best basketball in the playoffs, but they were healthy both mentally and physically - something they could not lay claim to during several stretches during the regular season. He even shook off what appeared to be a nasty injury.
The Celtics should have ample cap space this summer but would prefer to spend that money on a big-name free agent that could help narrow the gap between Boston and Cleveland in the Eastern Conference.
Brown is just 20-years-old, though, so growing pains throughout his rookie year would only be natural.
The 28-year-old Thomas reaffirmed that he can see himself in Boston deep into the future but knows the Celtics have hard decisions looming with both Thomas and guard Avery Bradley set to reach unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2018. There is no shutting them down for an entire game, but the Celtics have seen what kind of disaster comes if they do not shut them down for at least portions of the game.
And with more than two minutes to play, the Cavaliers had a commanding 36-26 lead after a Kyrie Irving lay-up in which he was fouled by Rozier.
Boston did lots of good things in this series, but it served as a reminder that the Celtics aren't quite ready for the bright lights and big-game performances needed consistently this time of the year to win. The Celtics already know turnovers are insurmountable against the Cavaliers, and it is more important than just those quick scores.