Cavaliers look to finish off Celtics

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron and four-time MVP James needs 28 to surpass Jordan's 5,987 postseason points - the National Basketball Association record.

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.

It's unclear when the rookie suffered the injury, but hip trouble seems to be a theme on this team.

With Isaiah Thomas (hip) out for the remainder of the postseason, the Celtics need Brown to be healthy and productive, although his production has fallen off in the last two contests with the increased production. Although the Celtics won the next game without him, Cleveland went on to win the series in five games. Irving produced a game for the ages: 42 points, 15-of-22 shooting, 4-of-7 3-point shooting, four assists. Corralling him will be just as problematic, maybe more so, than finding a way to limit James tonight at the Garden.

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas is eligible for an extension of his current deal this summer but said Friday that he's OK with waiting until he reaches unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2018 if that can help the Celtics improve now.

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"Somebody asked me, 'Is going to the Finals three times muted because of what's going on?' Of course it is", Myers said. And there are two prime examples of players due for regression to the mean in Game 4: Marcus Smart and LeBron James.

The first matchup of this trilogy started with one of the most memorable in 1954. And the utter ease with which the latest iteration of this rivalry formed begs the question: Is such dominance in a 30-team league supposed to be this inevitable?

"Just trying to be aggressive", James said. More importantly, he understands it's paramount that he and his teammates do what's prudent in the short-term to have a puncher's chance at winning the long game. He says surgery is "not the No. 1 option right now". "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night". Stevens said Thomas may consult with two additional specialists.

The Browns came out on top the following year, ending a run of three straight title game losses (they also lost to the Rams in 1951). Unfortunately, this narrows the betting opportunities by quite a lot, but we still have the over/under market to make a profit. And his Finals-clinching three against the Warriors last June was one of the most clutch shots in National Basketball Association history.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens was disappointed with his team's defense on Irving, who was able to spread the floor while surrounded by shooters. You're able to reshape what you do offensively and still be in a good rhythm. "But we deal with it, and everybody has been dealing with it and have met that challenge and have embraced it and will continue to do it". For all of the brilliance he's displayed from the moment he arrived in Boston at the trade deadline in 2015 - one of the best of the many brilliant deals Ainge has executed in his 14 years in charge in Boston - Thomas remains a 5-foot-9 guard, and history doesn't look kindly on diminutive guards as they age.

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