Eddie Sefko's Eastern Conference Finals predictions

Season series: Cavaliers, 3-1. Wall meanwhile made only one of eight attempted three-pointers. For just the Wizards, this marked the closest they had come to a conference finals berth since 1979, but their 38-year drought remains.

"Did you hear anybody pick us to win last series, either?" We're going to let you go one-on-one.

James, never afraid to tweak the noses of another team - remember that Ultimate Warrior shirt he wore as he disembarked from the team charter plane after the Cavs beat Golden State in the Finals a year ago? - during practice wore a black, sleeveless Akron St. Vincent St. Mary shirt with a fighting leprechaun pictured on the front.

Olynyk was the victim of a Kelly Oubre Jr. shove in Game 3 that got the Wizards guard suspended for Game 4.

Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook manager Jeff Sherman told ESPN that the book took a "five-figure bet" on Tuesday morning, which pushed the odds to Cavaliers -900, Celtics +600.

The Cavaliers are 8-0 in this postseason, and they have been idle since May 7, a huge benefit for a team looking to advance to its third straight National Basketball Association finals. The group only mustered 5 points total and Washington stayed alive.

FILE - In this April 5, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James dribbles the ball during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, in Boston.

Here we are. The top seed Boston Celtics face off against the 2nd seed Cleveland Cavaliers.

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There was a time the Boston Celtics were just too much for LeBron James. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the Cavs "smashed us", in that game. He played every game. And each team had won two blowouts and survived one tight game in the six contests leading up to Game 7. Even though the Cavaliers finished with the lower seed heading into the playoffs, Boston has dealt with a much more hard path to get to the Eastern Conference Finals. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown played with high energy and limited the Wizards backcourt by taking away their space. Kevin (Love) understands that, Kyrie (Irving) understands that, all the guys understand it. The team was also plus-17 with him on the floor, his sixth game in that series with a positive plus/minus.

It's not often that we get excited over a coaching matchup, but in this case, we'll make an exception. Their opponents so far this postseason haven't been able to keep up because they haven't gotten stops. It's the flawless set-up for the Celtics to take the series opener and add suspense.

If the core of this team wants to advance past the second round, it must continue to mature and gain the missing consistency or grit or depth or whatever that has created this wall the Wizards haven't penetrated during three postseason appearances over the past four years.

One word of caution: as Washington showed at times, Thomas can be limited if teams attack him aggressively due to his size.

Monday night, Olynyk, who denies playing dirty, was just a great player, scoring a career-playoff-high 26 points to help send the Wizards home.

The first game of the NBA Finals will be on June 1 in Oakland against the Golden State Warriors or in San Antonio against the Spurs, regardless which team wins the East.

In recent interviews, soon-to-be Celtics max-contract player Isaiah Thomas (29 points, 12 assists), when asked about his place among the greats, has simply said: "I haven't done anything yet". How can we still say such things? That's the reward you receive for going 8-0 in the playoffs. "We have to game plan for what they bring to the table and we have to mentally focus on our challenges that we have every game". Now we're both here and it's time. "We don't care about what others say".

Oubre's struggles were a microcosm of what ailed Washington all series, and really, all season long - lack of reliable depth outside the starting five. Even with (Thomas) going through what he's been going through with his personal family and his sister, which is - I can't put myself in his shoes.