Published: Mon, May 29, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Underdog Cavs insist they have plenty of bite for Finals


Overall, this year's Eastern Conference Finals were up 5% over the 2016 series.

LeBron James, who will make his seventh-straight trip to the NBA Finals, led all scorers with 35 points.

Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love chipped in 15 and Deron Williams added 14 off the bench for Cleveland, who led by as many as 39 points. Yep, Lue owes him $100 and Brown plans to accept it at long last - perhaps even during the NBA Finals when they see each other.

It's finally official. After a brutal first three rounds of postseason play in the National Basketball Association, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors tip off on June 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

Cleveland came through the East by winning 12 of their 13 games and will now defend their title against the Warriors, who were a flawless 12-0 as they came through the Western Conference play-offs. The Cavaliers dropped to 10-1 in the postseason with their first loss since Game 4 of last year's Finals.

LeBron James is probably going for points in the high 30s at least, maybe 40 plus.

"I wear the number because of Mike", James said.

According to Windhorst, the only discussion around the team regarding the Warriors had to do with what uniforms there are going to wear for Game 1.

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Game one of the NBA Finals takes place at the Warriors' Oracle Arena in Oakland on Thursday, 1 June (02:00 BST on Friday). A franchise record for total points.

For a superstar who regularly seizes the biggest moments and makes them his own, it was odd to see James basically look like one of Cleveland's reserves. There's no complacency with us right now. "But we like where we're headed".

Jordan scored 5,987 in his postseason career in 179 games from 1985-2003.

"He showed why he's one of the best point guards in the league, and he commanded us to be better, especially in the second half". To the shock of most who have been following the playoffs, Game 3 became much more than a cliché.

Kyrie Irving had 23 points for the Cavaliers, who return home with a chance to finish off the Celtics in Cleveland.

It was a very welcomed sight in Irving's case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland's Game 4 win. "I'm proud of these guys". "I don't even think my teammates would say that". "You're able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm. They're not No. 1 in the East for no reason".

James' efforts helped Cleveland to a 135-102 victory in Boston that clinched the Eastern Conference. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 116.8 points on 50.7 percent shooting and allowing 103.2 points on 45 percent shooting. That's roughly the same as having a roster full of First-Team All-NBA center Anthony Davis (.196 win shares per 48 minutes) playing against a team made up of Seth (not Steph) Curry clones (.109).

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