James says Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

May 26, 2017, 12:55

Playing on top-seeded Boston's home court, LeBron James and his supporting cast slapped down the Celtics by 13 points in Game One, followed by a crushing 44-point beatdown in the second game.

Boston Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown is questionable for Thursday's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers because of a right hip pointer, the team announced Wednesday. I can put the ball in the hoop.

Game 1 will be at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California on Thursday, June 1 at 9:00 p.m. E.T. The entire NBA Finals will be televised on ABC.

The Cleveland regulars were 16 of 33 from behind the arc through three quarters - after the Cavs went 19 of 39 on treys in a 44-point win in Game 2.

"I wear the number [23] because of Mike".

For Boston, guard Avery Bradley was the only player to get anything going, with most of his 23 points coming in the first half.

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They beat Washington in seven games, including a Game 2 victory in which Thomas scored 53 points - one shy of the franchise playoff record.

For the third straight year they'll face the Warriors for the crown.

"This is great learning for how far we have to go", Stevens said.

Perhaps most telling of the Cavs' dominance was the fact that the Celtics never led once throughout their three games in Boston.

"It's a mental state, just being prepared, being ready", Cavs coach Ty Lue said of his team's ability to close out series.

Love continued to knock down shots from the outside, Irving sliced his way into the lane to the rim and James got free for several of his one-handed, tomahawk dunks. Substitute Deron Williams also scored 14 points. Improved to 36-5 against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs since 2015.

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"We made progress (throughout the series), but not good enough". Building on the success he had last season, when he made his first all-star team, Thomas finished second to Westbrook with an average of 28.9 points this season.

Game 5 had the look and feel of Games 1 and 2, when Cleveland came into the TD Garden and had their way with the Celtics with a pair of wins by a combined 57 points.

-Before tipoff, there was a moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing that occurred on Monday.

The Celtics did their best to keep up, but the consistent outside shooting, bench scoring and defense they relied on to stun Cleveland in Game 3 wasn't there Thursday night.

That being said, the Green-and-White still vastly exceeded expectations this season.

Once the sting of the loss to the Cavs wears off, the Celtics' 2017 playoff run will be remembered for Isaiah Thomas' valiant performance while coping with the death of his sister, a spectacular game 7 win over the Wizards, and a miraculous comeback win in game 3 against the Cavs.

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