Published: Sun, May 28, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Cavaliers cruise past Celtics into National Basketball Association finals


Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas said surgery is not now the best option for his injured right hip although it could eventually prove necessary.

Yes. You read that correctly. We just wanted to build good habits and have fun playing some basketball, man. "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'". It was announced Saturday that Thomas will miss the remainder of the postseason following re-aggravation of a right femoral-acetabular impingement with a labral tear.

The Celtics should have ample cap space this summer but would prefer to spend that money on a big-name free agent that could help narrow the gap between Boston and Cleveland in the Eastern Conference.

When asked about an extension, Thomas quipped, "That means more money?"

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). "Get your teammates involved".

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On the other hand, James acknowledged before Game 5 that topping Jordan's overall legacy is "a personal goal of mine". He scored a career-high 19 points in Game 2 of the series and played pretty decent defense on Cavs forward LeBron James in a small sample size.

The Celtics made some noise near the end of the first half, but Irving scored Cleveland's first 11 points in the opening 3:18 of the second half.

Game 2: Cleveland at Golden State When: Sunday, June 4 - 8 p.m.

"I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, just seeing what he was able to accomplish", LeBron told reporters.

The win sets up a third consecutive match-up with Western Conference champion Golden State, the team it beat in the finals last season to claim the franchise's first championship. The Cavs were pushed in individual games in the first round by the Indiana Pacers, but even the Celtics were drilled in two home-game blowouts.

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"No matter what happens, let's make sure I come back even better".

Given what Thomas endured this postseason and how he handled it is nothing short of remarkable. Jordan reached his mark in 179 games, averaging 33.4 points in the process. The harsh economic realities of the National Basketball Association, along with potential positional overlap, will soon make it impossible for them to keep the core of this team together. Thomas has proven time and time again that when a big shot is needed, he comes up with it more often than not. The other finalists were Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Hornets, Mike D'Antoni of the Houston Rockets, David Fizdale of the Memphis Grizzlies and Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics. He is eligible for free agency after next season.

No one player - not LeBron, not Stephen Curry - is under more pressure this year than Durant, who abruptly dumped Oklahoma City last July to join a star studded, ready-made contender.

It is true that the Celtics have a decision to make in the coming weeks. It wasn't until Pacquiao aged and lost a step that Mayweather finally came to terms with the long-overdue bout. Do you draft Fultz and package him in a trade for another proven All-Star like George or Butler?

Building around Fultz and parting ways with Thomas is risky. With Thomas, they already have that. Just getting to that point, you know how hard it is and how much work you put in to start the season.

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Kevin Durant and Steph Curry roll into the NBA Finals with a flawless record through three rounds.

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