Brown (hip) and Johnson (shoulder) will play in Game 5

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - Vegas is betting against them and the bookies are hardly alone. I want to win a championship, and being so close to getting to the finals, that makes you want it that much more.

There's notably also another superstar on Golden State's already-loaded roster.

Just don't try to tell them that.

"I wear the number because of Mike", James said. We're trying to repeat which is so hard to do. We'll use it as motivation, but as far as the idea of playing into it it's tough for me to say that is the case. "We were playing way better". "I'm not going to criticize him one bit". You obviously hear people saying that it's all about how you respond, and we don't feel like people believed in us and counted us out, but that just put another chip on our shoulder, which I think is good.

"The whole underdog thing is amusing to me, because, yeah, at the end of the day we are defending our title", Love told reporters Saturday as the Cavs prepare to meet the Warriors in Oakland for Thursday's Game 1.

Still stinging after the Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in last year's Finals against Cleveland, the vociferous Green, who was suspended from Game 5, said if given the chance again, he plans to "destroy and annihilate" the Cavs.

"No blame. We're all to blame", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Monday, a day after his team was stunned 111-108 by the Celtics. He's a guy who said he wanted us, and he has us starting next Thursday, and you know he's a guy who brings it every single night.

And they did it against the heavily favored Cavaliers in Sunday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, when 95 percent of fans and 99.9 percent of experts had completely written them off and thought a four game sweep by the Cavs was inevitable.

Tyronn Lue's side has been in impeccable form throughout these playoffs, boasting a 12-1 record as they look to claim back-to-back National Basketball Association championships at the expense of the Warriors. He made all-NBA four times - three thirds and a second.

James bounced back strong after a poor Game 3 performance, finishing with 34 points, five rebounds and six assists, while Kevin Love had 17 points, 17 boards and five assists.

Golden State Warriors will be waiting to compete against one of these two teams in the NBA Finals.

"Want the Warriors?" he said. Golden State, they've been the best team in our league for the last three years, and then they added an MVP. But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series. Deron Williams added 14 off the bench, even as his team led by as many as 39.

Ainge said earlier that because of the inflammation, it will likely be at least a couple weeks before Thomas and the Celtics will know if he will require surgery or whether another form of treatment will be needed.

James' fouls were merely part of a disastrous first half for the Cavs, who committed nine turnovers that led to 13 points for the Celtics. So maybe there's just not an understanding of what you're watching.

"I don't know", Lue said.

ON WHETHER HE WOULD LIKE TO SIGN A CONTRACT EXTENSION BEFORE NEXT SEASON, HIS LAST UNDER CONTRACT: "That means more money?"

"My adrenaline is still going", he said. That popular sports cliché is about as truthful as a dating profile, especially with oddsmakers setting a record-high betting total for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

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