James had 35 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to help Cleveland win the Eastern Conference finals 4-1, setting up a meeting with the Golden State Warriors in the decider for the third successive year. The Celtics never led in the three games in Boston.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could well be on their way to the third NA final in 3 years and they have Kyrie Irving to thank for this. Love said the work and energy the Cavs put into beating the Celtics will pay off in the Finals. Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, and Kevin Love had 28 for Cleveland.
Thomas had his front tooth knocked out in Game 1 of the conference semifinals against Washington, but it was a lingering hip injury he aggravated later in the series against the Wizards that would end his season prematurely.
LEBRON James may still be lagging behind in his chase for Michael Jordan in championship rings, but The King surpassed His Airness in the National Basketball Association history books on Thursday (Friday, Manila time). Same for Michael Jordan and Karl Malone or Jerry West and Bill Russell.
After allowing the Celtics to seize the early momentum in Game 4, the Cavs barely gave them the chance in Game 5. I'm not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State. This will be his third consecutive trip to the fourth round of the playoffs. The Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions met in three straight title games from 1952 to 1954, with the Lions winning the first two and Cleveland winning the third.
The Cavs went on to defeat the Warriors in seven games, and some believe LeBron trolled Golden State by wearing an Ultimate Warrior shirt to the team's victory parade.
"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. There's no complacency for us now.
The Cavs also set a franchise record for most points in a quarter in the play-offs by recording 43 in the first quarter of game five against the Celtics.More news: NBA Finals: Buckle up for Cavs-Warriors 3.0
The 5-foot-8 point guard said he wants to play until he's 40, and he'd like to do it in Boston.
Game 3 is Sunday night.
"It's carried me to this point now and it's going to carry me for the rest of my career because scoring is not number one on my agenda". "They're not No. 1 in the East for no reason".
While Jordan has a slightly better playoff three-point percentage than James, James has a higher percentage on two-point shots. I wore short shorts so you could see my undershorts underneath. "Hopefully I don't have to have surgery, but I know that is an option". They're coming out and their hitting us, and they don't care who you are. He finished with 35 points and had the record to himself at 5,995.
Many criticized Durant for signing with the team that eliminated him in the previous playoff, but he can exact revenge on James in a matchup between two juggernauts.
"Ultimately, we feel like this is a bad taste", Crowder said. "All their guys, they're just dedicated to basketball".
But it proved to be too much for him to deal with which led to the Celtics shutting him down for the playoffs at halftime of Game 2.