With LeBron James, this matchup has that.
Based on his comments from last night, he wants his team to be able to enjoy this moment and not take it for granted, and over the next week they’ll prepare to take on “that juggernaut out West“. Meanwhile, the Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points, 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five games playing on three or more days’ rest.
LeBron James was once among thousands of youngsters striving to “be like Mike“, but the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar never dreamed he’d be mentioned in the same breath as Chicago Bulls icon Michael Jordan as one of basketball’s greatest.
James entered Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals against the host Boston Celtics needing 28 points to surpass Jordan (5,987 points). The 109 points through three quarters marked the most the Celtics have allowed in the shot-clock era. “So I didn’t think I could be Mike”.
But Ainge will have to break this roster and reset it if he ever hopes to make it strong enough to deal with any team bearing LeBron James. “As of tonight, I’ll get started”.
The injury knocked the Boston point guard out of the Eastern Conference finals in Game 2. Plus, Curry and Durant, as well as James for the Cavaliers, are their team’s best players, and the Finals MVP almost always goes to the team’s best player.”I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, seeing what he was able to accomplish”. James and Jones have both earned themselves a ticket to their 7th straight finals, the only players to achieve such a feat since; ironically, the core Celtics players of the 60’s. “It’s definitely one for the books for me up to this point”.
Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love chipped in 15 and Deron Williams added 14 off the bench for Cleveland, who led by as many as 39 points. In Act 2, the Cavaliers rose from an impossible 3-1 Finals hole – exactly as you’d expect a trilogy to script the climax of its second movie – to stun a Warriors team that was gleefully standing on Cleveland’s grave, so sure they were about to punctuate a league-record 73-win season with a title.
“I think he’s that kind of a talent”.
The Big Three combine for 74 points as the Cavs clinch the East.
The big thing is that, as far as his total in points goes, James has a chance to put some major distance between himself and everyone else for the foreseeable future. He has us, starting next Thursday. The Cavs were pushed in individual games in the first round by the Indiana Pacers, but even the Celtics were drilled in two home-game blowouts. “We still have to keep growing as a group and getting better”.
The Celtics whittled Cleveland’s lead to 13 early in the second and used a mini-run to cut the Cavs’ halftime lead to 18. It soon grew to 32 and then to 35 by the end of the quarter. With LeBron James just inches away from becoming the NBA’s all-time leading playoff scorer, the No. 2 seed exploded on the Celtics in Boston. With his fourth three-pointer of the night, James also passed Manu Ginobili for 3rd place on the all-time postseason list, canning triple No. 319. “Obviously we want to take that to the next series and try to be great and see what happens”. “Since my first year I’ve grown so much and I’m proud of myself in that area as well, but I’ve got a long ways to go”. The Cavs set a new National Basketball Association record with their 13th consecutive victory in a series-clinching game.