'King' James reigns as Cavs book rubber match with Warriors

  • 'King' James reigns as Cavs book rubber match with Warriors

'King' James reigns as Cavs book rubber match with Warriors

Kelly Olynyk another. Marcus Smart stepped into the starting lineup, and rookie Jaylen Brown helped out from the bench.

LeBron James passed Michael Jordan in career playoff scoring Thursday night against the Celtics and now has 5,995 points scored in the postseason. The Cavaliers star came into the game needing 28 points for the record and hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter against the Celtics to break it. Cleveland won by one on Christmas Day, Golden State prevailed by 35 on January 16. We'll go from there.

Love (10 points) and James (11 points and six assists) took turns inflicting damage against the home team in the first quarter, and then James flew solo for a bit in the second (nine points) until 12-year veteran Deron Williams (14 points) ignited for a throwback performance. In the second half, they shot 27 of 38 (71.1 percent) from the field.So what is it that I love about the nearly one-sided basketball games that we are seeing?

"King" James surpassed National Basketball Association icon Michael Jordan as the league's all-time leading playoff scorer. Should they lose four games to one to the Cavaliers, or some other Eastern Conference team next season, it's not going to play as a feel-good story.

The Warriors became the first team in league history to open the playoffs 12-0, which provides them with a week of rest prior to their third straight finals appearance. All great quarterbacks, you know-and it should be the same for us. And I don't want to be stressed.


The Warriors have home-court advantage, and they were almost unbeatable at Oracle Arena in the regular season.

They ran roughshod through the NBA Western Conference playoffs, rattling off a dozen straight victories, winning by an average of nearly 20 points per game.

Then, after spending much of his free time flying cross-country to be with his family, Thomas had a tooth knocked out in Game 1 of the conference semifinals against Washington.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have been rolling as well, sweeping the Pacers and Raptors before dominating the Celtics in five games. He watched Game 5 in street clothes.

It's finally official. The first NBA Finals trilogy awaits us, a rematch of a rematch that most fans have been expecting all season. "The way he's playing, he's deserving of all the credit he's getting", Irving said before listing some of the Celtics who shone in Thomas' absence. "All them doctors know that", Thomas said. Imagine looking the best basketball player in the world dead in the eye and trying to compare your work at a Division III school to his performance in the NBA Playoffs. Without Thomas, they did not make it any further. "It was 1 vs. 2", Irving said.

Bradley promised that the Celtics would be better in 2017-18. It's easy for them to say that and just wake up in June and see it happen. "It's a great thing".