Celtics eliminated from Eastern finals by Cavaliers 135-102

Ross Houston
May 28, 2017

They had no one coming off the bench to match Kyle Korver once he got his shooting eye adjusted.

Despite going through the East playoffs at 12-1 and appearing destined for a rematch against the Golden State Warriors for months, the Cavs pushed off thoughts of what awaits them in Oakland next week.

Championship No. 4 makes James a player with a.500 record in the finals. "We just need him to be aggressive all the time".

The Eastern conference finals are over, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James taking care of business in game 5.

The Cavaliers now move on to a third consecutive National Basketball Association final, which is also the 7th in a row for James, who went to four in a row with the Miami Heat before returning to Cleveland.

"How can I get the youth to feel like passing the ball is OK, making the extra pass is OK", James wondered.

James is headed to his seventh Finals in a row. As Love snapped a selfie and Smith scrolled through his social media mentions, James was asked for his take on the impending battle against the Warriors. So I didn't even believe I could be Mike.

James, 32, surpassed Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan as the all-time leading scorer in the play-offs. Irving was able to stay on the floor and finish the game, scoring a career playoff-high 42 points.

Teammate Richard Jefferson said now that James has passed Jordan, his points record will never be broken.

After the game, James told reporters that he was honored to pass Jordan, who was his childhood idol. Twitter congratulation posts poured in - including one from Magic Johnson. They battled back and took Game 3 on Bradley's game-winning three and gave the Cavaliers another battle in Game 4.

In overtime in Game 7, Red Wings forward Tony Leswick got credit for the series-clinching goal when his innocent looking shot from the point was deflected by Harvey past Gerry McNeil for a 2-1 win 4:29 into OT.

Boston Celtics All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas said surgery is not now the best option for his injured right hip although it could eventually prove necessary.

"I felt like we came a long ways from the beginning of the year. In Boston, "good enough" is what matters", said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens postgame.

James said he embraced Isaiah Thomas, who sat out the last three games of the series after playing the first two with a hip injury, later paying tribute to Boston's little big man.

I'll probably be discouraged with how we played in a couple of these home games. "But they tested us every single minute, and we needed that".

James scored 20 points in the first half, including 11 in the first quarter. Cleveland won the three road games in the series by a combined 90 points, the last two by a total of 77. And then we come out, we get some tremendous looks, and Kyrie just goes nuts and ends us.

The Cavs also set a franchise record for most points in a quarter in the play-offs by recording 43 in the first quarter of game five against the Celtics.

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