Cavaliers Win: The Sneakers of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Champions
- Author: Regina Holmes May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 6:34
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr on the sideline against the Portland Trail Blazers during the third quarter in game two of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. "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'". Cleveland, which seemed sleepy at times in the regular season, went 12-1 in the Eastern Conference playoffs that ended with a win over Boston on Thursday night. After winning multiple championships, there was something missing for James. There was nearly too much historical context to dissect, and so James did what his instincts told him to do. "So now, with the way the Finals went down a year ago, if I were in his shoes, I would want the same thing".
After playing so well in the conference finals, is Love so confident that he prefers the matchup against the Warriors over playing the San Antonio Spurs? James wept on the Warriors home court in Oakland, where he was named unanimous NBA Finals MVP.
"Want the Warriors? Like 'Bron said in his postgame presser, they've been right at the top, best team in the league for three years straight now". They've been super-impressive. It's kind of in our minds that that's who we were going to see. "It's tough to say that we didn't expect it; we knew they'd be right there".
The Celtics have played better in Games 3 and 4, though.
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Lue knows the Cavs are facing a hard task, one made tougher with the addition of the versatile Durant, who can score down low, from the perimeter and free-throw line. "It's cute." ... The Cavaliers' 43 points in the first quarter made them the first playoff team since the 1990 Celtics with three 40-point quarters against the same team.
Let the hype, and the waiting, begin: Game 1 isn't until June 1.
Green, for one, will appreciate all the hype around this series.
Both teams dominated throughout the playoffs - the Warriors making history by going an unprecedented 12-0 through three rounds in the Western Conference with the Cavs losing just a single game to the Celtics. In 2012, James and the Heat lost Game 1 before beating Durant and Oklahoma City four straight times. They're coming out and they're hitting us, they don't care who you are.
"Well, I think collectively you take away what elite looks like, because I think we saw it first hand, especially in these home games", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. He really stepped up, put us on his back and carried us through that second and third quarter until LeBron came in. Why can't we just appreciate James' greatness while also remembering Jordan's? Other than that, they have been blowing just about every team out of the water and they certainly aren't going to make it easy on Golden State.