Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Love explains why the Cavaliers aren't underdogs in the NBA Finals

Love explains why the Cavaliers aren't underdogs in the NBA Finals

James, who went 13 of 18 from the floor, 4 of 7 from 3-point range, hit a 3-pointer with 2:41 left in the third quarter to pass Michael Jordan and become the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer.

Brown said he will continue to lead the way with reigning NBA Coach of the Year Kerr's guidance until told otherwise.

In the Eastern Conference Finals, everyone thought the Cavs were going to sweep the Celtics.

Other than that, coach Tyronn Lue said he was not focused on the Warriors as yet. That's all I can give you right now because I'm happy. "It was 1 vs. 2", Irving said.

'This team is a insane team.

Jordan scored 5,987 in his postseason career in 179 games from 1985-2003.

"We see that the team to get past is Cleveland, and right now we're not there", said Celtics big man Al Horford, who is now 1-15 against James in his postseason career and has been eliminated by James' teams in each of the past three seasons. "Now we can start focusing on Golden State to get ready".

Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 23 points, and Gerald Green scored 14.

The Cavaliers basically conceded the East's top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by opting to rest its starters in advance of the playoffs.

The 32-year-old, who is seeking a fourth National Basketball Association title, took 212 post-season games to surpass Jordan, a six-time champion who played 179 playoff games. They showed in the first half of Game 5 that they weren't playing around.

While Jordan has a slightly better playoff three-point percentage than James, James has a higher percentage on two-point shots.

Meanwhile, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver helped spread out Boston's defenders by connecting on several wide-open scoring opportunities. The Cavs put up a franchise record for most points in a quarter of a playoff game with 43, and that came with a minute still left to go in the quarter.

Celtics: Never led at home in the series. The Celtics observed a moment of silence for the victims of Monday's bombing in Manchester, England.

"It's a good step forward, as a season as a whole, but you leave with a little bit of a taste in your mouth - like not playing as well [in Boston], and, man, you want to play well here because there is really no place like TD Garden in Boston", he said. "It's too stressful, and I'm not stressed right now".

Injured Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas was in attendance Thursday night and gathered with his teammates in a huddle before they took the court for pregame warmups.

Thomas injured the hip in March and aggravated it in the second-round series against Washington.

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