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See 2 insane plays from Kyrie Irving’s ridiculous third quarter in Cavs’ Game 4 win

See 2 insane plays from Kyrie Irving’s ridiculous third quarter in Cavs’ Game 4 win

Crucial postseason roles had been played by Avery Bradley, Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and Jonas Jerebko - all having arrived outside the lottery. They had won the first round after mourning the death of Isaiah Thomas's sister, they had won a Game 7 against the Wizards in spite of the hip injury that would end Thomas's season, and they had won Game 3 in Cleveland (and threatened to steal Game 4) in his absence. Kevin Love also showed why he is a part of Cleveland's "big three". He's only 32, but has already played 212 career postseason games (33 more than Jordan did in his career).

The money-line price of minus-260 translates to roughly a 70 percent probability Golden State will avenge last year's NBA Finals loss to Cleveland and win the title for the second time in three seasons.

For the sake of the Cavaliers, we hope to see the dominant James, because the James we've seen since game three will not cut it against a stacked Warriors team, which is resting and waiting for them.

James also gave his thoughts on the finals and said, "Once we get to the preparation for that juggernaut, we will be locked in".

Jordan has five MVPs and six championship rings. Williams had previously combined eight points in the first four games of the series.

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James finished the night with 5,995 playoff points, topping Jordan's mark of 5,987.

While trying to savor a rewarding season in which they won 53 games, earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, members of the Boston Celtics acknowledged the gap that still exists with the Cleveland Cavaliers in their quest to elevate to a true title contender. "But I will say this, Boston has played with a lot of confidence". If needed, the series would then alternate between Golden State and Cleveland for the final three games of the best-of-seven series on June 12, 15 and 18. "It's cute.". The Cavaliers' 43 points in the first quarter made Cleveland the first playoff team since the 1990 Celtics with three 40-point quarters in the same series.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said though he's disappointed with how the season ended, he's encouraged that no one in Boston's locker room is satisfied just making it to the conference finals.

The Celtics started the second half up 10 and went up 11 less than three minutes into the quarter on Jae Crowder's finger-roll. He watched Game 5 in street clothes. Every night he brings it for us, sets the tone, and it's no different.

"LeBron's a good player, but I look at him as just another guy to me", Brown told CNS New England. "They have a great team right now".

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) in the first quarter at TD Garden.

"They made it this far".

"But while I can sit here and say that, Kyrie Irving was very special tonight".

The Celtics enter the offseason optimistic; they own the No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, and there's potential to add another impact player on the free-agent market.

"I have no clue what's going to go on", said Celtics guard Marcus Smart. "The great thing about this is the experience".

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