Cavs blow out Celts to reach finals

The operating champion of NBA “Cleveland” for the third consecutive time the championship rings will argue with the “Golden State”

Somehow, there was less hype around these super-team Warriors than in 2015-16, but hype or not, the 2016-17 version is actually better. "He's doing a lot more movement, which makes it even tougher to guard after being one of the tougher scorers I've ever seen". Golden State was a 5½-point favorite in Game 1 with a total of 210.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers have done it again. "Taking it day by day, and whatever happens within the next 4-6 weeks, then we go from there and attack that as is".

The Cavaliers and Warriors split their two meetings this season, both winning at home.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors are actually a part of a lot of special things.

Kevin Durant is the Warriors' best player.

"You take LeBron out of the East and the parity - Washington, Boston, Toronto - you could have a different team every year", Turner Sports analyst Kenny Smith said. You usually don't appreciate something until you don't have it anymore.

Already, the back-and-forth is underway.

Even if the NBA's top two teams have steamrolled their way right to the place everybody figured they'd be when the season started all those months ago. Golden State has that chance.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates after sinking a three point shot during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston. Although the Celtics won the next game without him, Cleveland went on to win the series in five games. The anticipation only grew when the 73-win Warriors added Kevin Durant in free agency. I know that both sides are relatively exhausted at this point of the season, but that just makes it an even playing field.

We are going, going, back, back, to Cali, Cali. "We have to be ready for the challenge". With Iguodala hurting, and Durant playing more of a rim protector role this year, Green seems like the next best option.

Durant's only other time in the Finals was 2012 when he was with Oklahoma City.

"I've twisted my ankle so many times that plays like that, you have two choices, either you can sit there and kind of wallow in the sorrow of you twisting your ankle or capture the moment", Irving said. James entered the night at 5,960 and now has 5,989 and counting. Jordan won six championships in six NBA Finals appearances, while James is going for his fourth. "I did pretty much everything that MJ did when I was a kid". More episodes means more time to watch characters navigate situations, more time for narrow character windows to grow a little bigger, more time for weird plot turns and more time for storylines to pivot yet again.

DeMar DeRozan may have summed it up best earlier this month after a 51-win season for the Raptors was abruptly ended by way of a James-led sweep in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The latest trip up came when his Thunder blew their own 3-1 lead to these Warriors just past year. Will they become the first team in National Basketball Association history to go undefeated in a postseason? Golden State was a blistering 36-5 at Oracle Arena this past regular season. How will Cleveland try to contain Curry?

But they also showed how badly they need him.

The biggest task awaits.

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