LeBron James defers on Warriors thoughts: 'It's too stressful'

  • LeBron James defers on Warriors thoughts: 'It's too stressful'

LeBron James defers on Warriors thoughts: 'It's too stressful'

For Cleveland, the loss was a wake-up call on their march toward a possible third straight Finals and a seemingly inevitable rematch with Golden State. The Cavs' reserves had no problem preserving the sizeable lead, as the defending champions cruised to a clinching Game 5 victory. "We just need him to be aggressive all the time".

James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of 13 games this postseason for the Cavaliers, who improved to 36-5 against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs since 2015. After not getting past the first round in their last two postseason appearances, these Celtics made it to within one round of the National Basketball Association finals.

James will make his seventh straight trip to the Finals.

The Warriors are 12-0 in these playoffs, becoming the first National Basketball Association team to accomplish the feat after dispatching the Trail Blazers, Jazz and Spurs. "They just stayed resilient all year, got to the playoffs, and we really stepped our game up", he said. "You saw that in Game 3 against Boston. So I didn't ever believe I could be Mike".

"Same thing was true with the Bowie-Olajuwon-Jordan draft, and that was years before that", said former NBA Commissioner David Stern, recalling more of Portland's painful past, when the Blazers took oft-injured center Sam Bowie at No. 2 in between Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan in 1984.

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

"He's been the driving force, this entire playoff run, and all of us have just helped us along the way", Irving said.

"It has nothing to do with passing him in rings, passing him in points, passing him in MVPs". Heck, even back-up point guard Deron Williams got in on the action, scoring 14 points in the first half. But we'll be a better team next year, and we will make sure that we put ourselves in a great position to make the Eastern Conference Finals and give ourselves a better chance at making the championship.

"In Boston, "good enough" is what matters", said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens postgame.

But on this night, he said he " did pretty much everything that MJ did when I was a kid.

"But people may want to be careful, because I think right now you're witnessing greatness". Last year, Cleveland became the first team in NBA Finals history to come back after trailing the series 3-1.

The Cavaliers evidently weren't satisfied with their first-half performance, as they piled on and pummeled the Celtics in the third frame to take a 109-74 lead into the fourth quarter.

And aside from supporting Gerald Green in a second-quarter argument with a referee, the sold-out home crowd was effectively silenced by the suppressing onslaught on both ends of the floor from the Cavaliers.

And James didn't stop there, scoring 15 in the period to bring the advantage up to 35 into the last frame.

From the opening tip of Game 5, the Cavs basically played their greatest hits. They finished 19 of 41 Thursday. That includes the last two playoff games against the Warriors. What were you doing in 2010?

Added Bradley: "Sky's the limit if we're able to keep the core guys together".

The 109 points through three quarters marked the most the Celtics have allowed in the shot-clock era.

Jaylen Brown was listed as questionable with a right hip pointer. The next active player, Durant, is far behind James at 2,872 playoff points, although the Golden State forward is also four years younger. Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.