Warriors favoured over LeBron and Cavaliers in the Finals

  • Warriors favoured over LeBron and Cavaliers in the Finals

Warriors favoured over LeBron and Cavaliers in the Finals

These are the number of points that the top team in the NBA Golden State Warriors and the defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers scored finishing their respective conference finals series. In the process, Cleveland set an National Basketball Association record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers routed the Boston Celtics last night to clinch the Eastern Conference title.

"The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title", Cavs forward Kevin Love said following Saturday's practice. "Understanding that every game that I get a chance to go out there and play is a chance for me to continually get better, dominate in any facet of the game as well as lead my team and do whatever it takes".

If you don't want to rile up friends and relatives over the long weekend, you might also steer clear of the James-Jordan comparison.

"Since I fell down in March, I think that's what aggravated it", he explained.

James, who is chasing his fourth National Basketball Association title this year, finished with 35 points in the game to set a new mark of 5.995 points in 212 play-off games, while six-time National Basketball Association champion Jordan set his record in 179 games.

In the postgame trophy presentation backstage, James spent most of it lingering in the background as his teammates celebrated. "I did pretty much everything that MJ did when I was a kid". "That was my mindset".

James is intelligent. He knows what he's up against, both on the court and in the history books. It took the ideal storm and some historic play from James and Kyrie Irving to do the improbable past year. "Always been close to Mike and I like Mike a lot, respect him a lot". And unless something insane happens to sap the strength of either team before next season, it seems likely the cycle will repeat until their respective core players either fall off or break apart. He's a 32-year-old sporting giant, already etched in Michael Jordan-like lore - he literally just passed him for the most playoff points ever last game - but still, incredibly, in Year 14, still at the peak of his powers. They had won the lottery without tanking, and their young players had developed while winning 53 games.

Avery Bradley led Boston with 23 points. The Boston Celtics are done for the playoffs after losing in the East finals.Conference semifinals The Utah Jazz are sent fishin' after a loss in the West semifinals.

"When the fans at the end of the game were [chanting "Let's go Celtics"] - man, it's just unbelievable".

With the unblemished Warriors waiting, James opted to douse them in accolades rather than cast any barbs. Still, they beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland the next game before falling easily in Games 4 and 5. Despite a spotty shooting performance, Terry Rozier proved to be one of the few players who could provide a legitimate offensive spark off the bench as well.

Wow. And now he's doing something most people don't get to do. Thomas said he'd like to see management keep much of the team intact but find a way to add at least one more impact player. In Game 2, he scored 53 points - one shy of John Havlicek's franchise record. And while he never had any monster games for the Celtics (his career-high is 20 points), when given the opportunity, he was a steady contributor. The Giants won the Series 5-3 in the final best-of-nine matchup as a banged-up Ruth got just one plate appearance during the final three games, all won by the Giants. Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing. "It all comes with the great veteran leadership we have on this team that allows me to do that".

"It was taken, they took it", Green said.