The Cleveland Cavaliers were supposed to get there, and they did.
Of course Golden State knows exactly who he is after he torched them previous year and gutted them with the game clinching shot in Game 7.
THE Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet in the NBA Finals for the third straight season. "We need to understand the privilege that we have and the opportunity that we have to play in the Finals again, to have the opportunity to win a championship". "(Chasing his ghost) is just my personal goal to keep me motivated", James said.
James had a total of 35 points by the end of the third period to reach 5,995 in his career. They will face the Golden State Warriors, also for the third straight year, starting on June 1. The Warriors are 12-0 overall through the first three rounds; the Cavs are 12-1.
After playing three halves against the Cavaliers, the Celtics said Thomas was done for the season.
But if Games 3 and 4 are any indication, it won't be easy. I think we will use it as fuel. Jordan was in his rearview mirror and still James deflected the attention like a kick-out to an open shooter in the corner. The Warriors have the No. 1 defensive efficiency at 99.1 points allowed per 100 possessions; the Cavs are No. 3 at 104.6. It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs.
For the third time in as many TD Garden games in the series, the Cavaliers never trailed.
With the Warriors as Vegas favorites to win the Finals, this makes sense, as no Finals MVP has come from the losing team since Jerry West won the award in a losing effort back in 1969. He scored 35 points on 13-for-18 shooting, Kyrie Irving added 24, Kevin Love 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The Celtics, who were led by Avery Bradley's 23 points, had no answers.
"I felt like we came a long ways from the beginning of the year".
McGee has had the most impact, with his athletic 213-centimetre frame used for alley-oop dunks and blocks during short bursts on the court, while Pachulia screens and moves well within the team's offence.
"That sequence is something that I've worked on plenty of times", Irving said. "To not be able to go back out there in the second half ... was painful; it hurt me".
"I'm just proud of the work we've put in from the beginning of the season", Durant said following the sweep of the Spurs. "We knew they'd be right there".
"I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, but when you're growing up and seeing Michael Jordan, it's nearly like a god, so I never did believe I could be Mike".
The Cleveland regulars were 16 of 33 from behind the arc through three quarters - after the Cavs went 19 of 39 on treys in a 44-point win in Game 2.
Thursday night was a special one for LeBron James.
The playoffs were everything we wanted from the Celtics, up until that demolition at the hands of the Cavs.
But the Celtics have the No. 1 pick in the draft, along with the salary cap space to sign a top free agent. "We want to go take back a championship, that's just the nature of a competitor and I think that's the mindset of everyone in this organization to go take back what they took from us".