How to watch Cavaliers vs. Celtics

More memorable than even the outcome of the game was a 27-foot three-pointer from the left corner with 2:40 left in the third quarter that pushed James past his childhood idol, Michael Jordan, for first place on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list.

When the Cleveland Cavaliers carried out an utter dismantling of the Boston Celtics on the road in Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference finals by a total of 57 points, including a ridiculous 130-86 thrashing in Game 2, it seemed that playing Game 3 and 4 in Cleveland was a mere formality. It was a matchup that we were all looking forward to, and I'm glad that we prevailed. "We're trying to repeat, which is so hard to do".

"We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night". The Celtics know that any mistakes in transition will be punished, and the Celtics can not afford to give them that offense.

After a while you got a feeling that you were seeing something historic. In the fifth and final game of the series, we once again saw how a team can be both close and so far away from the NBA Finals.

Notes: Center Zaza Pachulia, who missed Games 3 and 4 at San Antonio in the Western Conference finals with a bruised right heel, is back going through full practices in preparation to play in his first career Finals.

Love complimented Green's competitiveness and aimed a verbal volley at Northern California. But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series.

Cavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland's 13 games this postseason. It's no wonder then that the wise guys have installed the Warriors as heavy favorites to beat the Cavs for the second time in three years and wrestle back the Larry O'Brien Trophy that slipped through their hands last June.

Love was asked if the Cavs wanted the Warriors. As much as you want to, it's not over. In the 3 games that were played in Boston, the Celtics did not lead for a single possession, with only one tie occuring in those three games, early in today's game with the score tied at 3 - 3. "They can not. We can not go to Boston 2-2 and then it becomes nearly an even series". "It's tough to say that we didn't expect it; we knew they'd be right there".

Thomas said at the team's practice facility Friday that the swelling must go down before there is a decision on how to rehab. He didn't get to the free-throw line.

The Warriors are using Durant the way he envisioned, but Lue has noticed changes in the All-Star. "And Brad (Stevens has) got them moving and cutting and playing with pace and everybody is a threat".

The Celtics need to control what is within their reach in this series, and they have shown an ability to force the Cavaliers to rely on the shooting.

"I knew how much we needed this game and how much my teammates needed me and the importance of me leading these guys as well as 'Bron". "As insane as it sounds, going into halftime, we had cut it to at least a manageable number". In any event, here we are now, on the brink of an NBA Finals that should be an absolute barnburner. We've got to come out and play. "So, that's what we're focused on".

  • Julie Sanders