Cavaliers set for third straight NBA Finals vs. Warriors after bouncing Celtics

Cavaliers set for third straight NBA Finals vs. Warriors after bouncing Celtics

I'm not going to show any signs of giving up or anything of that matter. "But the way that guy has played, I mean, the way he was playing, he's deserving of all the credit that he's gotten". It's a hard task, but adversity is part of life, and it's a part of the game.

Not simple in the way of going out and doing it, but simple in the way that they really only have one option: Just win.

Freezing Boston defenders with his dribble and driving to the basket whenever he wanted, Irving made six layups, two 3-pointers and a free throw in a dizzying span of 4:48.

The Golden State Warriors have taken care of business in the Western Conference by sweeping the San Antonio Spurs and becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to get to the National Basketball Association finals with a 12-0 playoff record. The 43 points are the most Cleveland has ever scored in any quarter of a playoff game.

James, Irving and Love were the only three Cavs players to make double digits.

With Thomas already gone, the Celtics played without Amir Johnson in Game 4 because a shoulder injury suffered in the third game.

"You have to commend them for accomplishing what they did. they were playing at such a high level", said guard Kyrie Irving. We were in a good place to be able to win a second game in a row, but it's been unfortunate for us.

Added center Tristan Thompson: "Just another chapter in the Kyrie story".

That the Cavs did, because they seem to thrive on drama.

It picked up steam last season, when David Blatt was sacked at midseason with the Cavs owning a 30-11 record, general manager David Griffin saying his team was great when the chips were down, but that the locker room didn't seem happy when things were going well.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, Celtics are 2-9 all-time in playoff series when trailing 3-1 and will go up against a Cavaliers team desperate to finish off this matchup.

The trend continued in an up-and-down 2016-17 regular season, as Cleveland started 28-8 but finished 23-23 while losing to Memphis and Atlanta teams that were either resting or without numerous key players due to injury.

The Celtics figured out a way to dodge Cleveland's opening-game haymaker and maintain their poise and objective.

With Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for the remainder of the postseason, the Celtics need Brown to be healthy and productive, although his production has fallen off in the last two contests with the increased production.

That's the bad news for the Cavs. After opening a 16-point lead in Game 4, the Celtics couldn't sustain it, then faltered in Game 5 at home.

LeBron James delved into a bit of hyperbole when he said, "I feel some adversity is part of the postseason". It felt like we grew as the year went on.

"We have to execute offensively". "We knew it wouldn't be easy, but we got some things we can correct and come back ready [for Game 4]". "That's just how the game be played". "We'll play the game and we'll see what happens".

Thursday isn't a make-or-break game for the champions, but it's time for their stars to put an exclamation point on this series before taking the next step toward a repeat. I'll be like, 'F-k.' They're running all kinds of s-t, man.