On paper, the Celtics are the better team, the higher seed.
IN was really good defensively, first of all. "LeBron's a special player, and they have really good players around him". "... There was no help, I didn't see no physicality".
"I think we found ourselves", Lue told cleveland.com.
The winner of the best-of-seven series will play the victor of the highly-anticipated western conference finals series between the top-seeded Houston Rockets and the defending champions, Golden State Warriors, for the National Basketball Association title.
Toronto's attempts to pick up ball handlers 90 feet away from the hoop were futile.
LeBron James (23) shoots over Marcus Morris (13).
It's something of a shame that Oladipo only got seven games in his first playoff as his team's starring attraction. But despite having almost a week of rest, Larkin isn't expected to play in the first two games of Boston's series with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to head coach Brad Stevens.
"It's good to win a Game 7 and it's important to come through when everything is on the line". "We talked about it prior to the playoffs; nobody should love a challenge more, nobody should have more fun doing it. As he's shown at various points in the first two rounds, there are certain times where there is just nothing you can do to slow him down". "We lean on him a lot".
"You could argue the Bucks and Sixers had the best player on the floor in both series", said Nelson. Beating Cleveland is about limiting his supporting cast, which is a doable proposition.
The shakeup sort of helped, but let's also remember the new-look Cavs were almost eliminated in the first round by Indiana.
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In the playoffs it's about that by-any-means-necessary approach. "We know what we have to focus on". This resulted in James and Wade taking over, but setting the table for two consecutive conference finals between the teams, both of them won by the Heat and James. They also have added Hill and Jeff Green.
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These teams have a lot of history. This is what we've worked all our lives for to be here in this moment.
He was too busy trying to figure out how to avoid being buried under it.
While concerning at the time, going seven games in the first round built character and taught invaluable lessons.
James has been on a tear, averaging 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks as he seeks his eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. They've been on the biggest stage and know what it takes.
Even at age 33, a year removed from a normal athlete's prime, the King is not showing even the slightest hint of decline.
"Playoff series are just these emotional rollercoasters", Korver said. Despite a 4-1 semifinals series win, the Celtics are once again heavy underdogs against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder were traded for Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance and Rodney Hood, but the latter three have gone from being necessary to Cleveland's contention hopes, to role players giving way to the Cavaliers' most veteran players.
It sure looked that way against the Raptors in Round Two.
"And so, ultimately, you know you're going to get a chance to play in a great city in front of great fans, and the responsibility that comes with that, our guys feel", he said.
But the Cavaliers have enough firepower to light up Boston. And it wasn't just James either.
He struggled offensively in Game 1 against Toronto, but still managed to grab a team-leading 17 rebounds in the victory.
"He was down, I think, initially", Stevens said. "Those guys, they've been thrown in the fire early and they've responded very well and exceeded probably expectations that guys had for this team and us. Now that we're through that series, we're glad".
The Cavaliers are a different beast. There was more belief, more confidence, more readiness. He'll take on Boston on Sunday to kick off the Conference Finals. May. Not only as the start of their playoff journey, but as the series that steered Cleveland back on the correct course.