Warriors become just the 5th team to start NBA playoffs 10-0

  • Warriors become just the 5th team to start NBA playoffs 10-0

Warriors become just the 5th team to start NBA playoffs 10-0

The Celtics finished off visiting Washington 115-105 in Game 7 of the conference semifinals on Monday night; the home team won all 11 meetings between those two teams dating to the regular season.

On Monday he played through the pain of a cracked tooth and two other shifted teeth to help guide the Celtics past the Wizards.

James has won three championships and some of his most memorable postseason games came against the Celtics. The four-time MVP has been terrific in literally every 2017 playoff game, never failing to total at least 25 points, six rebounds and four assists. James is averaging 34.4 points on 55.7 per cent shooting in this postseason as well as 9.0 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 2.1 steals.

Despite losing three of four to Cleveland during the regular season, Boston went 2-1-1 against the spread. Sure, Cleveland will try to trap him to get the ball out of his hands, but a better defensive backcourt in Washington tried to do the same and IT still averaged over 27 points in the series. Cavaliers' coach Tyronn Lue yelling on the sidelines against the Toronto Raptors [Image by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images] "I mean, it's time". They scratched and clawed their way.

After several months of a marathon scheduled, the playoffs can knock off a team's rhythm depending on the amount of down time they have when waiting on an opponent to advance. Now we're both here and it's time.

"You get a chance to feel a team out and how they play", he said.

Boston just finished a season in which it grabbed the No. 1 seed and found out that Isaiah Thomas is a star.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have yet to lose a game in the playoffs and haven't played in 10 days.

Jared Weiss: The Cavs laid out the early blueprint for stopping Isaiah Thomas in the first round two years ago, quadruple teaming him with two humans, the half court line and the sideline. If the rusty Cavs can steal home-court advantage right off the bat, that's going to be very deflating for the Celtics. I'm taking the points here in a game the Celtics can win outright. Center Al Horford is averaging 16.1 points and guard Avery Bradley is averaging 15.8 a game. An electric Irving, along with James and Love will be too much firepower to match for Boston.

There's really nothing either team has done in the post-season that would suggest this won't just be a speed bump on Cleveland's inexorable march to another appearance in the National Basketball Association final. LeBron James seems ready to defend his title in the NBA Finals, but realizes the Celtics aren't going to be a cake walk like most of the media has made them out to be.

James has reverence for the Celtics' history, their mystique and raucous fans. "They're a worthy opponent". Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the Cavs "smashed us", in that game.

"We know the ultimate goal, yes, but at the end of the day if you're able to be successful in this league, this is the No. 1 league, if you're able to be successful at any level, you can always appreciate it", James said.