The Boston Celtics will have the most entertaining, yet stressful offseason in the team's history. On Wednesday, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue caused quite a stir when discussing the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors.
In overtime in Game 7, Red Wings forward Tony Leswick got credit for the series-clinching goal when his innocent looking shot from the point was deflected by Harvey past Gerry McNeil for a 2-1 win 4:29 into OT. He has scored 30 or more points in 11 of the Cavs' 13 playoff games and at least 35 points in seven of those. They did it back home against the Wizards in Game 7 of the conference semifinals following a crushing last-second road defeat in Game 6 (no thanks to an incredible trey from John Wall).
"As we all know, a 10-point lead at halftime is nothing, especially against those guys".
James ran his career postseason point total to 5,995, but fell two rebounds and two assists shy of a triple-double in three quarters of work. "So it makes it even more unsafe when you equip that talent, that skill with those guys". "You guys are gonna have the conversations about who's the greatest of all time and things of that nature, it doesn't matter to me". "All them doctors know that", Thomas said. We wish he could be out there, but we understand. "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". "Everybody did their part".
But none of that really matters when the ball tips on Thursday night.
And they even did it against the heavily favored Cavs in Game 3 of the East Finals (a huge comeback victory on the road without their budding superstar Thomas), when 95 percent of fans and 99.9 percent of experts had completely written them off and thought a four game sweep was inevitable. "We'd love it if we could win in four games, that would be great", Green said with a smile.
Take tour money Thomas, you earned it. "Then Terry Pluto says the 'Big Three" came through. He is averaging 32.5 points and shooting 56.6 percent in the postseason this year and with the exception of the Cavs' only loss, Game 3 against the Celtics, James is controlling his opponents like a puppeteer controls a puppet.
Led by its Big Three of James, Irving and Love, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates. "They want to let (the swelling) die down a little bit then take another MRI once everything is down and it's back to normal". That is the when Irving was unleashed. This year they crushed the Celtics, the No. 1 seed that fell behind No. 8 seed Chicago, 2-0, in the first round before winning four games after Rajon Rondo went down. In my opinion, James should be giving Irving all the praise because there he was again to save him, like he did in the 2016 National Basketball Association finals.
I don't feel like we're underdogs. It could be the final time we see Avery Bradley score 15 points in the first quarter, or Al Horford finish with a stuffed stat line.