Lue says Celtics sans Thomas more hard to defend than Warriors

Lue says Celtics sans Thomas more hard to defend than Warriors

The Cavaliers will have to keep the Warriors in the halfcourt as much as possible.

"We have to go in with a bunker mentality that we had in Game 1 and Game 2 to go out and do what we do, but we have to defend". Look for Game 5 to be the Cavaliers' strongest of the postseason.

No, they won't be duking it out with the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals like LeBron James and his Cavaliers will (for a third consecutive season), but the Celtics fought the good fight.

The Cavaliers and Warriors split their two meetings this season, both winning at home. Cleveland won the 2016 after Golden State prevailed in 2015.

Cleveland jumped to a quick 14-5 lead and were up by 43-27 after the first quarter - posting a franchise record for points in a quarter of a playoff game.

Irving, who has had a history of injuries, said he's rolled his ankle enough times to know when it's serious. So you have to appreciate it. Or at least a player (or two) that decides winning a title is more important than money, offering a discount to a contender for a chance at winning an elusive National Basketball Association championship.

Already, the back-and-forth is underway.

Coach Tyronn Lue said they've gotten tighter this season. Countered Golden State acting coach Mike Brown, when asked about it Thursday: "That's his opinion".

No surprise: It's Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals, again
With 2:40 left in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals , James scored a three-pointer that officially put him over the edge. The Cavaliers won 135-102. "I'm going to be honest, I'm not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State ", James said .

If they're able to stay alive, the Eastern Conference Finals return to Cleveland for Saturday night's Game 6 at The Q. If the series goes the distance, it's back to Beantown for Game 7 next Monday night at the TD Garden.

This was a game for The Big Three all playing like stars. all moving in their own orbits creating a wonderful sense of stability and gravity for a team that had lost its balance for six quarters. "And Boston is going to make it even harder". They're coming out and they're hitting us, they don't care who you are. "We have to be ready for the challenge".

For Durant, this trip ends a five-year wait.

He's a former #1 pick, a four time NBA All Star, and was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2012. As a team, the Celtics made just 10 of 31 3-pointers in Game 4 after sinking 18 of 45 in Game 3. It's just my personal goa. Now they meet for the rubber match starting June 1 in Oakland. They will be playing for their playoff lives on Thursday, which brings with it a heightened level of intensity.

"It's a little different, definitely". "We feel like we should be here, and we feel like we should be a championship-contending team". "I kept telling the guys we've been through this before". Can James win his fourth ring? They don't have a lot of weak links to go to, to go at.

Nearly 20 percent of Golden State's playoff possessions came on the break. How will Cleveland try to contain Curry?

James, who also had eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and a blocked shot, then talked about "the beast of an opponent" that is waiting. "If I'm not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?"