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No surprise: It's Cavs-Warriors in the NBA Finals, again

28 May 2017, 04:41 | Nina Perez

BOSTON - It's not every day that someone passes Michael Jordan.

Going back to his Miami days, James has appeared in seven consecutive Finals, and eight total.

Winning a championship - and, preferably, winning a championship against those same Cavaliers, provided Cleveland finishes off the Eastern Conference final with a win in Boston on Thursday night - is the only acceptable outcome for a team with this much star power and the expectations that come with it.

Late in the third quarter, James splashed a 3-pointer from the left wing and spun, holding a finger in the air. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason's leading scorer.

"It's one of those things I have no control over, it is what it is", said Brown, filling in for the ailing Steve Kerr. "I don't have to score the ball to make an impact in the basketball game". But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series.

"Hopefully", James said that night, "I don't continue to have to run into him". This time, he walked off the floor to collect his eighth conference championship trophy with 979 career playoff points against Boston. He has now ended their postseason four times in the past seven. Golden State won the 2015 matchup, but Cleveland is the defending champion after overcoming a 3-1 deficit past year. (ABC) Game 3: June 7 at 9 p.m.

They have earned a rubber match with the Warriors, setting up one of the most anticipated NBA Finals in recent memory. Two years ago, the Cavs entered the final without Kevin Love because of a shoulder injury, and lost Kyrie Irving after Game 1.

"This team is a insane team", Cavs coach Ty Lue said. Isaiah (Thomas) goes down and they're running a totally different offense than we prepared for so it's been tough on us. Irving, who shook off a Game 4 twisted ankle, was 9 of 15 from the floor and 4 of 8 from 3-point range. They've cleaned that up drastically, holding teams right around 14 fast-break points per game in the playoffs, which could be a reflection of the weak teams they faced, stepped-up defensive effort on their part or a combination of both.

Dishing It: The Cavs had 24 assists to 11 turnovers. And so, I think maybe there's just a lack of appreciation for greatness. Hes not going to put himself or the team at risk and say that he can do it if he doesnt feel like he can.”.

The Cavaliers basically conceded the East's top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by opting to rest their starters in advance of the playoffs. "We don't go into any series saying we're only going to play four games, we can't approach a series like that, like, 'Yeah, we're going to play four.' You approach it with a mindset of, 'Of course we'd love to sweep them but you have to take that game by game'". But Stephen Curry doesn't want fans to mistake lopsided wins for a clear route to the finals.

This was yet another in a long line of impressive moments.

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