Celtics star Isaiah Thomas unsure if he'll need hip surgery

The Golden State Warriors have already opened as a 7-point favorite over Cleveland to pick up the Game 1 win at home.

The Celtics still have a long way to go to compete with LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers.

The NBA Playoffs have been about as predictable as an episode of Scooby-Doo, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meeting in the finals for the third straight year.

The final, which begins Thursday night in Oakland, does include an intriguing rematch between Durant and James - who met as members of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat, respectively, in 2012, with the Heat winning the series in five games. Cleveland has the No. 1 offensive efficiency in the playoffs with 120.7 points per 100 possessions; Golden State has the No. 2 at 115.8.

James also gave his thoughts on the finals and said, "Once we get to the preparation for that juggernaut, we will be locked in". "We had a great year". "He was able to get by us and make tough shots in the paint". Irving kept the good times rolling when he ended a scoring drought with a 23-foot step-back three-pointer from the left corner. As much as you want to, it's not over. "Only because I feel we have some unfinished business from last season".

"This is great learning for how far we have to go", Stevens said. And the Cleveland Cavalier's frontman couldn't hide his excitement after the game. Perhaps even more shocking is the fact the underdog has won Game 2 outright a dozen times in the past 26 seasons. Klay Thompson and Draymond Green have combined for more than 28 points per game as well.

"I wear the number because of Mike", James said.

"I've been very blessed the last few years to be a part of this league and play on the big stage", James said.

As much as we all hate preordained championship matchups, we can't automatically blame every National Basketball Association travail on the dominance of Golden State and Cleveland. "It's cute." ... The Cavaliers' 43 points in the first quarter made them the first playoff team since the 1990 Celtics with three 40-point quarters against the same team.

He has scored 955 of those points against Boston, the most for any player against any team.

We've seen teams loaded with scorers before, but we've never seen one quite like this. "We match up well with them, and I think they'd say the same about us". To really use this one, we'd have to know why those Chicago teams exited early. "Our offense mistakes led to bad defense and it kind of snowballed on us".

The Celtics would have been hard-pressed to beat the Cavs even with a healthy Isaiah Thomas, who missed the final three games of the series with a hip injury.

James said he was honored to pass Jordan, his boyhood idol. Everyone wants to say, "Ah, man, this is boring" and this that and the other, but you usually don't appreciate something until you don't have it anymore.