Celtics star Isaiah Thomas unsure if he'll need hip surgery

But it meant little as Boston never led in any of their home games in the series.

As the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors prepare for their third consecutive NBA Finals meeting, one can't assume a fourth will occur, meaning the result of this rubber match could be how historical conclusions are drawn, specifically for LeBron James.

With the win, the Cavaliers closed the Eastern Conference portion of their bracket with a 12-1 mark, going undefeated in seven tries on the road. He's been present at practice and recently traveled with the team at the end of the Warriors' sweep against the Spurs. Boston powered into a 29-19 first quarter lead and lead 57-47 at the break. Deron Williams had 14 points off the bench.

Maybe, but as the teams gear up for Thursday night's series opener in Oakland, comments made by Warriors forward Draymond Green in October are reverberating around Cleveland.

"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?"

James, however, made sure to point out that "scoring" was "not number one" on his "agenda", drawing a bit of a contrast with Jordan.

"Whatever they have to do to continue to play at - not just a normal level - at an MVP level, that's what I've been on the doctors about", he said. This time, he walked off the floor to collect his eighth East championship trophy with 979 career playoff points against Boston.

The Cavaliers have been the kings of the Eastern Conference since LeBron James returned.

Wow. And now he's doing something most people don't get to do. They're coming out and they're hitting us, they don't care who you are. "Thirty teams suit up every year trying to get to this point, and only two teams do. I don't think its sunk in all the way yet, but it's really special".

The Cavs" "Big Three' were strongly backed by their reserves.

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.

Irving was incredible, scoring 42 points on 15-for-22 shooting.

Thomas said there is not a timetable until more tests can be run, but he has full confidence knowing Celtics coach Brad Stevens and president of basketball operations Danny Ainge will keep in mind the best path to his long-term health. But it was followed with an Al Horford goaltend in the final second of the half, giving Cleveland a 75-57 halftime lead. But the Wine and Gold put the hammer down in the third quarter - extending their edge to as many as 35 before calling off the dogs.

As pundits parsed the stats showing Jordan achieved his 5,987 playoff points in 179 post-season games while James reached 5,995 in his 212 post-season contest, James dismissed such conversations as "barbershop" debates.

Mike Brown is ready for Tyronn Lue to pay up on a almost two-decade-old bet. In 2015, the Cavs and Dubs combined for a 2-3-1 O/U record in the NBA Finals (194.16 ppg vs. 196.7 ave total), and past year they finished 2-4-1 O/U in the finals (200.28 ppg vs. 207.93 ave total).

"I'm just happy to be able to sit back, with four fouls, and see him do what he's always been built to do".

"It's one of those things I have no control over, it is what it is", said Brown, filling in for the ailing Steve Kerr. And come Thursday, when the National Basketball Association final commences after a Super Bowl-esque week of championship hype, that megastar will face his toughest test yet. Game 2 is set for next Sunday (June 4) before the series returns to Cleveland for the next two - with Game 3 slated for Wednesday, June 7 and Game 4 going down on Friday, June 9.

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