Underdog Cavs Insist They Have Plenty Of Bite For Finals

  • Underdog Cavs Insist They Have Plenty Of Bite For Finals

Underdog Cavs Insist They Have Plenty Of Bite For Finals

As the players said in the locker room late Thursday night, the Finals is where they're supposed to be, where they expected to be all along. He played three halves against the Cavaliers before limping off the court in the middle of Game 2.

Of the 30 National Basketball Association teams that compete during the regular season, 16 teams, eight in the Eastern Conference and eight in the Western Conference, participate in the post-season playoffs leading up to the Finals. Golden State enters this Finals matchup with a ideal 12-0 record with only two of those victories coming down to single digits.

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas wanted to keep playing in the Eastern Conference finals, but team doctors and officials convinced him he needed to shut down his season for his long-term health.

Trailing previous record-holder Michael Jordan by 27points before the game, James made his mark as the new scoring leader in National Basketball Association playoffs history with a triple at the 2:35 mark of the period as Cleveland led 103-71. I didn't do the hoop earring, either.

Much more of that sort of that will likely follow over the next week, filling time before Golden State plays host to Game 1. Those guys are going to challenge me, they're going to challenge our ballclub.

"I've played against four Hall of Famers as well, too, with Manu (Ginobili), Kawhi (Leonard), Tony (Parker) and Timmy D (Tim Duncan) on the same team", James said of the Spurs.

James, however, made sure to point out that "scoring" was "not number one" on his "agenda", drawing a bit of a contrast with Jordan.

Kyrie Irving (24) and Kevin Love (15) also combined for 39 points, in a game the Cavaliers never looked like losing.

Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points, while Jae Crowder and Gerald Green scored 11 apiece.

"He's moving around a lot more", he said. "I don't think its sunk in all the way yet, but it's really special". He finished with 35 points, eight assists and eight rebounds, and the Cavaliers won in a 135-102 rout.

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On Friday night, the Wine and Gold drilled 19 three-pointers - going 19-for-41 as a team - and handled Boston in the paint, 50-38. "It should be the same for us", James said. "We match up well with them, and I think they'd say the same about us".

The Celtics whittled Cleveland's lead to 13 early in the second and used a mini-run to cut the Cavs' halftime lead to 18. He's a 32-year-old sporting giant, already etched in Michael Jordan-like lore - he literally just passed him for the most playoff points ever last game - but still, incredibly, in Year 14, still at the peak of his powers.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said though he's disappointed with how the season ended, he's encouraged that no one in Boston's locker room is satisfied just making it to the conference finals. "But we're going to enjoy this for a couple more days before we have to lock in on that juggernaut out west". "We want to go take back a championship, that's just the nature of a competitor and I think that's the mindset of everyone in this organization to go take back what they took from us". I don't feel like we're underdogs.