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The Cavaliers won 135-102. Golden State heads into the Finals with a 12-0 mark and is defeating its opponents by an average of almost 17 points per game.

Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas said surgery is not now the top option for his injured right hip. "And that's the reason why we're riding him so much", Lue said. "At the same time, we're trying to put ourselves in position to win each and every game".

The 28-year-old Thomas aggravated his specific injury - officially labeled as a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear - during Game 6 of the second-round series against the Washington Wizards on May 12. His third foul was a nonsensical decision to foul Marcus Smart after he missed a three pointer. But when James, who played poorly in Game 3 by his lofty standards, scoring only 11 points on 4-13 shooting with six turnovers, picked up his fourth foul in the second quarter, contributing to the Celtics' resilient 57-47 halftime lead, it was indeed a time for concern.

There's also the irony that Brown, the first coach who took James to an NBA Finals in 2007 - Cleveland was swept by San Antonio - will now coach against him, likely in the same leading role he's had for Golden State since head coach Steve Kerr was forced to take a break because of continued problems with his surgically repaired back. You can listen to Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics live streaming as well as all of the other 2017 NBA Playoffs by signing up with a one-time payment of $9.99.

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"They're a tough team to go against regardless", Love said.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens knows in order to steal another win, his team has to play nearly ideal basketball.

"The way he's playing, he's deserving of all the credit he's getting", Irving said before listing some of the Celtics who shone in Thomas' absence. "I just have to keep going and figure out what I've got do to come back at the highest level possible".

Before the game, James said, "It's just a personal goal of mine. We've got to be a lot better for sure".

The last pick in the 2011 National Basketball Association draft, Thomas has emerged as an All-Star in Boston.

Thomas' sister, Chyna, was killed in a auto accident the morning of Boston's first playoff game.

"I feel like we're humble enough to know we haven't played well at home", he said.

"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. He is eligible for free agency after next season.

"It's pretty cool to think that in three weeks you've got the No. 1 pick in the draft", Stevens said. So it makes it even more hard.