Mike Brown still waiting on Tyronn Lue to pay up overdue bet

Ross Houston
May 29, 2017

Thomas is set to play the last of his four-year, $27 million contract next season. "You've got one guy with 12 years, first Finals appearance, and another guy 14".

The New York Giants beat the New York Yankees in two World Series before the Yankees got revenge in a third year in the 1920s.

Cleveland have been nearly as dominant, falling barely shy of three sweeps while managing an average winning margin of 15.0 points. The Lions won the first two and the Browns took the third. The 2017 NBA Finals matchup was predictable for a lot of fans and analysts, as it will be the third-straight year that these two teams will face off for the title.

Yes, this was a tough way for it to end, as the Celtics got waxed at home by 33 points and were missing their best player, but simply getting to the Eastern Conference finals was a more than successful season in Boston. The greater the odds, the better we seem to play together.

"I'll take LeBron James, absolutely", Laimbeer said to Etan Thomas on The Rematch podcast (h/t Marlowe Alter of the Detroit Free Press, via USA Today).

"You have to commend them for accomplishing what they did, especially in the regular season", Irving said to reporters. They did a great job. They are a ideal 12-0 in the playoffs. In fact, one of the oddsmakers has the Warriors listed as 7-to-1 favorites to sweep the entire series. "We understand it's going to be two titans meeting". It's also the seventh-straight time that a team led by LeBron James has been crowned as the Eastern Conference champions.

This year, analysts have been hard-pressed to predict what a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals would like, considering the lack of parity in both conferences - the Cavs were an Avery Bradley 3-pointer away from sweeping the first three rounds of the playoffs like Golden State - and the Warriors' addition of Kevin Durant.

"I don't know right now if I have any emotions about going back coaching there", Brown said, per Spears. They've been super-impressive. It's kind of in our minds that that's who we were going to see.

Mike Brown, standing in for Golden State coach Steve Kerr as the Warriors head into an unprecedented National Basketball Association championship rubber match with Cleveland, is downplaying his complicated Cavaliers connections. Here's what's notable. LeBron averaged more assists in losses than in wins, while in wins he shot 5.6 more times per 100 possessions.

The Cavs" "Big Three' were strongly backed by their reserves. The bookmakers usually guard themselves against the public teams and the clear favorites, willingly providing extra value to the underdog sides and it generally translates to payout.

The Celtics' deep respect for Stevens quickly became a theme of exit interviews.

So if you consider a Warriors team which won 73 games a year ago and had a 3-1 lead in the Finals before collapsing under the weight of injuries, stupidity and a heroic Cavs effort, then add Kevin Durant to the mix you get the idea of the challenge that Cleveland is facing.

After the team returned from Boston in the wee hours Friday morning, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue didn't go to bed and immediately began working on a game plan to stifle Golden State's powerful, multi-faceted offense. Had Andrew Bogut not gotten hurt, he would have added some center minutes, but because he did, now the Cavaliers have to double down on trying to win the "math problem" and get 3's to the Warriors' 2-point buckets. "Tonight is one of those nights". I was watching before tonight's game the game that they played in Golden State. We knew that would happen at some point. We know what he brings to this game as a whole, brings to this league, our organization. "We'll be ready to go".

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