Warriors favoured over LeBron and Cavaliers in the Finals


What did you expect of it on that day? Like we're the No. 1 seed in the East and everybody in the world thinks we were half as talented as anybody in the National Basketball Association.

"For that team to be that young and to get to the Eastern Conference finals and be No. 1, you've got to look at that as an wonderful season and build on that".

If the path seemed to bore you, and the week off that will feel like the time before the Super Bowl ("LeBron, if you were a tree...") is taking the edge and anticipation off of the Finals, take a step back.

Did you expect Thomas to win the Eastern Conference scoring title?

But Thomas' desire is to hoist a banner as a member of the Celtics.

Thomas joked that he has informed the team's medical staff and the specialist that he visited with earlier this week that the goal is to come back at an "MVP level" that he often displayed while earning All-NBA second-team honors this season.

You probably hoped for all of those things, but you expected none of them.

James says he wants to be known - and remembered - as more than a scorer.

The Boston Celtics showed this postseason that they have players who could fill in for Isaiah Thomas when the star point guard was injured. They also signed Derrick Williams, who was selected one spot after Kyrie Irving in the 2011 NBA Draft and briefly employed Andrew Bogut and Larry Sanders, two reputable rim-protectors. Jae Crowder is the type of versatile wing every team needs and is on a super cheap contract until 2020. Olynyk lacks athleticism. Smart can't shoot.

Yes, the Boston Celtics delivered an undeniably successful season in 2016-17. And in Game 7, with LeBron James scoring a triple double plus a massive block and the dagger three-point shot from Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers won the game and the title, ending a sports championship drought the city of Cleveland had been living under since 1964.

"We're definitely disappointed. I felt like if we weren't, it would be a problem", Celtics' Avery Bradley said. Yeah? How did that comment work out? James briefly celebrated breaking the record by raising his right index finger to signal No. 1 as he headed down the court while the game continued.

They are defending champions and decided underdogs.

James, Irving and Love took command from the opening tip-off on Thursday.

"I never thought I could get to a point where Mike was".

"This will be talked about long after us", Green said. "We came together, and that was fun to be a part of".

In the 1980s, at the height of the rivalry between Larry Bird's Celtics and Magic Johnson's Lakers, the teams met three times in four seasons between 1983 and 1987. The Cavs are the latest evidence of the bunch.

Inside the locker room, as always, it was championship or bust for Boston.

The Cavaliers basically conceded the East's top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by opting to rest its starters in advance of the playoffs.