LeBron Passes Michael On Playoff Scoring List

"So it makes it even more unsafe when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys".

Let's be honest, not many are giving the Cavaliers much of a chance in the NBA Finals.

The Celtics did their best to keep up, but the consistent outside shooting, bench scoring and defense they relied on to stun Cleveland in Game 3 wasn't there Thursday night.

"The whole underdog thing is amusing to me because, yeah, at the end of the day, we are defending our title", Kevin Love said Saturday. "We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do". I think we will use it as fuel, we will use it as motivation, but the idea of playing into it?

"As we all know, a 10-point lead at halftime is nothing, especially against those guys", said Boston head coach Brad Stevens. They're going to challenge us a lot, offensively, defensively, mentally, physically. Previous year he carried his team back from the brink as the Cavs became the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven NBA Finals and win the title.

"He's competitive", Love said of Green.

Stephen Curry, with an astounding 36 points in the final game, led the Warriors to another clean sweep.

Golden State Warriors will be waiting to compete against one of these two teams in the NBA Finals.

In a wide-ranging interview with USA Today, Durant expressed that he is "at peace" with his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder after they lost to the Warriors in last season's Western Conference finals. Here goes: Throughout his career, in games played after he has scored 15 points or less, he has responded with an average of 28.3 points.

James elected not to talk about the Warriors following the game, choosing instead to celebrate a third straight conference title in Cleveland and his seventh consecutive Finals trip. "We have to regroup and get back to playing desperate basketball".

"Want the Warriors?" he said. "They've been super-impressive", Love said. He would have four championships, including beating a 73-win Warriors team and a possibly the greatest super team ever assembled if the Cavs were to come out on top this year. The Cavs have yet again shown a unique knack for elevating individual and team performances when they are required most.

"It was one of those games we had to fight through and we had to earn it", he said.

After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn't go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden State's powerful, multi-faceted offense.

Westgate Las Vegas has Golden State as a -260 favorite compared with Cleveland at +220. "As much as you want to, it's not over", he said. "Just watching him move without the basketball, getting easy baskets off of cuts and splits and when he passes the ball he's also relocating now". So it makes it even more hard.

Lue said his players "probably already have seen and heard" Green's comments before, and he chalked it up to Green "speaking out of emotion".

  • Julie Sanders