Celtics star Isaiah Thomas unsure if he'll need hip surgery

Golden State punched its ticket by sweeping the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals, while the Cavaliers finished off the Boston Celtics in five games to win the Eastern Conference. There was too much jubilation and joy in the Cavs' locker room to wade into that territory.

After playing three halves against the Cavaliers, the Celtics said Thomas was done for the season.

"We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that", Thomas told the media, via ESPN.

In football, all-time greats like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning shared some great duels, but they never played in the Super Bowl because both their teams played in the same conference-American Football Conference (AFC). They've been the best team in our league for the last three years, and then they added an MVP.

"That's his opinion", said Mike Brown, the assistant filling in for ailing Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue was quoted earlier this week saying he thought Boston's offense was "harder to defend" than Golden State's. The Warriors offense was up 3-1 against this same Cavs team a year ago before it all came crashing down. He's getting to the hoop better than ever and the array of sharp shooters surrounding him makes him that much more risky. "We don't go into any series saying we're only going to play four games, we can't approach a series like that, like, 'Yeah, we're going to play four.' You approach it with a mindset of, 'Of course we'd love to sweep them but you have to take that game by game'". "We knew it wouldn't be easy, but we got some things we can correct and come back ready to go on Tuesday (in Game 4)". Thursday was about James inching closer to Jordan, not the Finals matchup looming out West.

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Durant's only other time in the Finals was 2012 when he was with Oklahoma City. Also, the Warriors are home to the only unanimous MVP victor ever in Stephen Curry, again only Golden State can claim to that.

One very good scenario, which is more likely than not, is that the Celtics can extend a core that can win 50-games in every season over a 10-year span or more.

"Hopefully", James said that night, "I don't continue to have to run into him". Al Horford is the only important piece on the roster over 30, and his skill set should age well over the last three years of his contract as a stretch big with great passing instincts and solid defense. "I would love to be here long term and win championships here, but as you guys know it's a business and anything can happen". "It was tough, man, because I worked so hard to get to this point".

"It's a little different, definitely".

Meanwhile for the next year, as the Warriors grew stronger and more talented - creating history again by becoming the first team to ever go 12-0 on their way to The Finals - they stewed about that big-stage, highly-ridiculed embarrassment from the prior year. But if an National Basketball Association player can make the maximum no matter where they play, why not join a super team?