Cavaliers rout Celtics, grab spot in Finals

The 73-win team came within one game of missing a trip to the Finals. They've allowed just 94.4 points per 100 possessions with Draymond Green on the floor and 111.9 with Green on the bench. The Cavs have yet again shown a unique knack for elevating individual and team performances when they are required most.

And in Game 7, with LeBron James scoring a triple double plus a massive block and the dagger three-point shot from Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers won the game and the title, ending a sports championship drought the city of Cleveland had been living under since 1964. The team, under new head coach Brad Stevens, was clearly signalling the beginning a long-term rebuilding process. "Obviously we want to take that to the next series and try to be great and see what happens". "We don't go into any series saying we're only going to play four games, we can't approach a series like that, like, 'Yeah, we're going to play four.' You approach it with a mindset of, 'Of course we'd love to sweep them but you have to take that game by game'".

Consider the 2016-17 Boston Celtics, whose season ended on Thursday with a 135-102 home loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. He will pass him sometime late in the 2018-19 season should he maintain his career 27.1 points per game average in the regular season.

After signing Al Horford in the offseason - the biggest free agent acquisition in the history of the NBA's most-decorated franchise - the Celtics rode him and Thomas to the No. 1 seed in the East. Although this is not the first time this postseason that someone from the Warriors or the Cavaliers said something about the other team.

Cavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland's 13 games this postseason.

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.

"They had multiple people come in and talk to me about what's more important", Thomas said Friday, a day after the Celtics were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

If nothing else, Lue said their recent taste of adversity should help them remain humble heading into Game 5. "All their guys, they're just dedicated to basketball. They cause a lot of stress, and I'll get to that point when we start to prepare for them". Yes, the Cavaliers made quick work of them, but few seriously thought they would have much of a chance against the defending champs. "I'm glad we prevailed, but they tested us every step of the way".

However, there is no honeymoon on the horizon to celebrate this milestone, as he will now be faced with the toughest test of his career as he and his team will to attempt to defeat arguably the greatest assemblance of talent in National Basketball Association history.

Bradley promised that the Celtics would be better in 2017-18.



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