"He carried that through his whole career and it's going to keep enhancing as he gets older and better. So why not the guy that's been in the finals the last X amount of years", DeRozan said. "We don't want nobody on our side now". That's what it's all about. We chronicled their roller coaster ride for you at the start of the playoffs, but we'll go over it again because, well, SOUP!
Much has changed since February 8, the National Basketball Association trade deadline, when Cleveland jettisoned five players, including Thomas and Crowder, and two draft picks for Larry Nance, Jr., Jordan Clarkson, George Hill, Rodney Hood, and the Miami Heat's heavily protected 2024 second-round draft pick.
"We feel like we are", Casey said. They only ended up as very slight favorites in Game 5 because the line moved in their favor after it opened. We're going to have to play extremely well to beat them four times.
Fultz said it hasn't been discussed if he'll play summer league.
Not only did the referees get it wrong when they failed to call Aussie centre Baynes for fouling Embiid on his attempted game-tying layup with 15 seconds to play - they also blew two other calls in the final 45 seconds that went against Philly. There's been moments where I've been on a team where there's a decent lead and then they make one shot and the place just erupts. The award is separate from the N.B.A.'s Coach of the Year Award, which is voted on by members of the news media.
"If we all sat in that room when we met back in September, and said we're going to finish third in the Eastern conference, we're going to lose in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference, there's a strong chance we all would have been hugging each other", coach Brett Brown said.
Cleveland took care of Boston in five games previous year, going 3-0 at TD Garden.
"Sore. Really sore. Really sore", VanVleet said. Right now, I just love to see him be confident. "Just trying to add onto it while I can". Success might be great for today, but sometimes failure is better for tomorrow. He also got much more help from his teammates in the second round. James would earn the most money next year by re-signing in Cleveland. That game will air on ABC.
"As far as we're concerned, there's a power in being naive", he said at Friday's practice of his looming opponent and bigger stage. All year, you fight to be No. 1 for that homecourt advantage, and you kind of use that to your advantage. So we can talk from like potential, but he's been out since the first quarter of Game 1 in Cleveland. "Why's it need to stop now?"
SIX days of rest may have energized LeBron "King" James once more, restoring in all probability his venom that was essentially the chief ingredient in Cleveland dismissing in and Toronto in succession in the Cavs' march to the NBA Eastern Finals.
In taking the series 4-1, the Cavs won their three games at TD Garden by an average of 30 points, including a 44-point victory in Game 2 that was the Celtics' worst home loss in their illustrious playoff history.
From a Celtics perspective, they can not allow James to rest on defense. He signed with the 76ers in January on a two-way deal, playing just six games in the National Basketball Association and the rest of the season in the G-League.
"Rest is definitely always beneficial", DeRozan said. "I'm happy that I played through it because we got the wins that we needed, but now it's good to get some rest and get ready for Cleveland".
"I was thinking about it, just looking at [Kevin Durant] and [Russell] Westbrook, what they did the first season together, I think they won 28 games".
Game 2 is Thursday at the Air Canada Centre, then the series shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Saturday and 4 on Monday, May 7.