"They made it this far".
"Playing in this league, you can't take anything for granted", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said after the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 129-115 in Game 4 on Monday night. Cleveland defeated Boston by quite possibly their biggest deficit of the postseason, topping the Celtics 130-86.
At this point, James has to enjoy beating up in the Celtics.
Following their blowout loss the Cleveland, the Celtics sunk in the series 0-2. The most convenient way to be able to tune in to all of the games is Sling TV. Thomas had a healthy campaign, but his health would not last. The Celtics are no longer rebuilding.
As much as Thomas ached to be there, good friend Avery Bradley was feeling the same way. With about 40 more points, James could also become the first player in National Basketball Association history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs. Cleveland made the error of giving James rest for once, and it turned out to be costly. Heck, they even managed to steal a game from Cleveland, on the road no less, something which none of their other opponents managed to do.
The Celtics did their best to keep up, but the consistent outside shooting, bench scoring and defense they relied on to stun Cleveland in Game 3 wasn't there Thursday night. The Celtics would not carry their momentum forward.
Heck, it would have been nice for them to at least own a lead in one of their home games, if even for just a minute or two. They were defeated 112-99, leaving 13 points unanswered for, according to ESPN. The Celtics have a fairly young team and one of the most respected coaches in the game. They were facing elimination. They won the three road games in the series by a combined 90 points, the last two by a total of 77.
The end to the 2016-17 Boston Celtics was one giant dud.
Jordan scored 5,987 in his postseason career in 179 games from 1985-2003.
The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook installed Golden State as a minus-260 favorite, with Cleveland at plus-220, meaning a $100 bet on the Warriors would win $38.46 and the same bet on the Cavaliers would win $220, according to ESPN. Were whistled for 16 fouls in the first half. The Celtics could simply not catch up.
Kyrie Irving had 24 points and seven assists and the Cavaliers, who sat their starters for the entire fourth quarter. They looked like a team that had already been defeated. They will have the remainder of the off-season to figure out where they went wrong.
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.
For the third straight year they'll face the Warriors for the crown. There is a little Deja Vu feeling in the air. Thomas added to his fantastic regular season, overcoming the death of his sister the day before the postseason and a crooked smile courtesy of the Wizards. Which team will take the first lead of the series?