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LeBron James and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers high-five during Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Thursday

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers high-five during Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference Finals on Thursday

"This is a great moment, and this is not promised", James said after scoring 35 points and becoming the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer in a 135-102 blowout of the Boston Celtics in Game 5 on Thursday to clinch the Eastern Conference title. "That was fun", he said of the Celtics' only win over the Cavaliers.

The Cleveland Cavaliers were supposed to get there, and they did.

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas wanted to keep playing in the Eastern Conference finals, but team doctors and officials convinced him he needed to shut down his season for his long-term health.

Pushing off any talk about the Warriors until after Sunday's practice, James was asked to assess the task at hand: beating Golden State's All-Star-studded lineup of Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

"The conversations about who's the greatest of all time, things of that nature - it doesn't matter to me".

And there will be reminders of the Halloween party that James threw for the Cavaliers last fall, with "3-1 Lead" - a nod to what the Warriors lost in last year's Finals - prominently displayed on the drum set. The Cavs had eight days off in between their sweeps of the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors, and they waited 10 days to play the Celtics. Still, they beat the Cavaliers in Cleveland the next game before falling easily in Games 4 and 5. This postseason, no other team comes close with only three others, Houston, Boston and the Milwaukee Bucks, shooting better than their opponents. Heck, if the series goes long enough, the loser can, as well.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. He says surgery is "not the No. 1 option right now".

"This is great learning for how far we have to go", Stevens said. Most importantly, they care about my health, not just being a basketball player.

"Despite everything I said (about the series), that's not to say that the Cavaliers are going to go down easy", Fitz said.

"I don't have to score to make an impact on a game and that was my mindset when I started playing, if I'm not scoring how can I still make an impact on the game?" The Celtics used the first of their three Brooklyn Nets first-round picks to draft Brown at No. 3 overall last season, and thanks to that famous 2013 trade, the C's also will pick No. 1 in next month's draft and own Brooklyn's 2018 first rounder. But on the eve of the postseason, his sister died in a vehicle accident in Washington state. Whether it be game winners in the regular season, or 41 points in the NBA Finals, Kyrie has what many would call the "clutch gene".

As much as this series was about James, Irving helped turn the tide of the series with a 42-point effort in Game 4. "It's been the best season of my career, but it's also been the toughest year of my life". "They want to let it die down a little bit then take another MRI once everything is down and it's back to normal".

"The plan is to play until 40, and they know that", Thomas said. It spurred the most frenzy surrounding an National Basketball Association free agent decision since James announced in 2014 that he would return to the Cavaliers after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat.

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