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30 May 2017, 06:22 | Nina Perez
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. 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.
While speaking to reporters after his team closed out the Boston Celtics, LeBron said he was not in the right frame of mind to talk about the challenges the Warriors present because it is "too stressful".
Before the game, James said, "It's just a personal goal of mine".
LeBron obviously has a great deal of respect for Golden State, and how could he not?
The ClevelandCavalier forward scored a record breaking 42 points in their playoff game against the Bolton Celtic to earn his team a 112-99 victory over their rivals.
Irving kept Cleveland within striking distance while James was out by scoring 12 points over the final 5:11 of the second quarter.
"King" James surpassed National Basketball Association icon Michael Jordan as the league's all-time leading playoff scorer.
"Ultimately, we feel like this is a bad taste", Crowder said. The Celtics have won a record 17 National Basketball Association championships, and as such, their home arena is full of banners recognizing successful teams and honoring the greatest players in franchise history.
Bradley made the game winning-shot, a three-pointer that danced on the rim and dropped with less than a second left and Boston, blown out in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, surprised the Cavaliers 111-108. They left the series with a -24.4 net rating, a fitting monstrosity to illustrate the massive gap between the two teams over the majority of the five games.
While the two teams split the first two matchups, that isn't the case for numerous past rematches.
The way they responded Tuesday night - particularly on the defensive end - is a good sign for their prospects of wrapping up their third straight Eastern Conference crown on Thursday. The Celtics also had a lot of points off the bench, but their starters were not exceptional, with the team as a whole shooting 43% in comparison to the Cavaliers superior 56% Marcus Smart and Kelly Olynykwho've had terrific games these playoffs struggled mightily going a combined 2 of 15. "I can't lie", Durant said, when comparing the 2012 Finals trip to this one. "But the way that guy has played, I mean, the way he was playing, he's deserving of all the credit that he's gotten".
The Celtics were 9-9 during a playoff run that capped a successful season. "Now we have to keep our feet on the ground and hope for the best".
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James also gave his thoughts on the finals and said, " Once we get to the preparation for that juggernaut, we will be locked in ". Boston had another nice balanced attack on offense, with Avery Bradley putting up 19 points to lead the team.