May 26, 2015 – Eastern Conference Finals – The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Atlanta Hawks with a series win, 4-0.
The Cavs won the series-clinching Game 5 on Thursday night at TD Garden by a score of 135-102. His ability to stay healthy has afforded him the opportunity to compete at a high level consistently at the peak of his career, and his seventh-straight Finals appearance is longevity defined as an National Basketball Association player.
Thomas is set to enter the final year of a four-year, $27 million contract he signed with the Phoenix Suns in 2014. With James guiding them the Cavaliers navigated through the playoffs, and landed in the finals against Golden State.
Nelson said he might reconsider if he thought Durant was going to be a superstar, and the forward looked like one as he tore through the Big 12 as a freshman at Texas. Cleveland’s perennial joyride to the Finals rolls over minor speedbump after minor speedbump.
It wasn’t until he won his first championship the following year against Durant and the Thunder, that the critics finally got off of James’ back and deemed him as one of the greats.
Steve Kerr all but ruled himself out of Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals, in a surprise visit with the media on Monday. Still, it wouldn’t have mattered either way.
It’s why many are rooting for the Cavs to win the Finals this year. The Cavs’ stars were unstoppable and the scrappy Celtics fought hard but were overwhelmed.
“I told the team the good news is the team is really healthy, but the bad news is the coaching staff is dropping like flies”, Kerr joked. They’ve undoubtedly been the best two teams in the NBA, sharing the last two NBA Championships to show for it-with a third on the way.
“Sometimes great O (offense) beats great D (defense)”, said Thompson, who is a good defender.
Many feel that the Warriors are on their way to a dynasty. “We had a lot thrown at us as a group”. You saw me in the fourth quarter of Game 2, I could not sit still in my chair, it was that much pain. I was just talking to my boys about it. It is rare to see as many different players step up the way they did for the Celtics and that added to the excitement. We’ve got to come out and play.
“It’s probably up there”, James said after practice on Sunday when asked if the upcoming Warriors clash represents the toughest task he has ever faced on court. “I mean, he’s one of the most competitive players in the league, and he kind of spoke this into existence”.
But the best part of this unadvertised rivalry-because both teams deny it-is that when these two juggernauts match up, it makes for an incredible show of absolute basketball excellence that no two other teams can match in today’s NBA.