Cavs beat Celtics to earn NBA Finals rematch with Warriors

by Leon Thompson May 29, 2017, 9:08

"But people may want to be careful, because I think right now you're witnessing greatness". What did you expect of it on that day? Cleveland finished with 51 victories, behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference standings. Josh Jackson is probably the next contender for the spot, and having Jackson and 2016 No. 3 pick Jaylen Brown on the wings could be a formidable combination for Boston going forward.

LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan for the top spot on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list, scoring 35 points against Boston on Thursday night to reach 5,995 in his career.

Detroit became the league's third repeat victor in the championship game the following season when Layne threw a 33-yard TD pass to Jim Doran with just over 2 minutes remaining for a 17-16 victory.

Bill Laimbeer, stalwart of the Detroit Pistons' "Bad Boys" teams that were once the bane of Jordan's Bulls, says that attention to every aspect of the game makes James, for him, the best ever.

You probably hoped for all of those things, but you expected none of them.

Brock Osweiler made the news this week when he said, "it's all in the film", on why he should start for the Cleveland Browns this season. Like LeBron James, F James Jones is also going to his seventh straight NBA Finals, all with James.

The last pick in the 2011 National Basketball Association draft, Thomas has emerged as an All-Star in Boston.

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LeBron James shoots over Jae Crowder. Olynyk lacks athleticism. Smart can't shoot.

When Lue and his staff saw the Cavs completely lose track of Jonas Jerebko in an underwhelming defensive exchange, they probably imagined the fallout in blue and gold.

As it is, the closest active players to him - Tony Parker (4,012), Dwyane Wade (3,871), Dirk Nowitzki (3,663) and Manu Ginobili (3,009) - are all nearing the end of their careers, and they aren't all that close to begin with.

In all, despite the way they were run off their home floor three times in the conference finals, this was a productive season for the Celtics. It was 1 versus 2. Yeah? How did that comment work out?

The Boston Celtics showed this postseason that they have players who could fill in for Isaiah Thomas when the star point guard was injured. Moments later, his teammates Love, Tristan Thompson and JR Smith wandered into the room, carrying with them the Eastern Conference Championship trophy and took seats alongside James. That jibed with comments James made in December, when he said of Jordan, "He was much more of a scorer", adding, "You recognize the dominance that someone had. but there's no similarities in our game, at all". "I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just because of what he was able to accomplish".

"We're definitely disappointed. I feel like if we weren't, there would be a problem", he said. "We came together, and that was fun to be a part of". In the process, they earned plenty of believers along the way. If possible, too, the Celtics would like to find a taker for big man Tyler Zeller, who is owed $8 million next season. No, this was a success.

After signing Al Horford in the offseason - the biggest free agent acquisition in the history of the NBA's most-decorated franchise - the Celtics rode him and Thomas to the No. 1 seed in the East.


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