Celtics Vs. Cavs Series Showed True Value Of Isaiah Thomas' Elite Scoring

On Thursday night at TD Garden, it was the defending National Basketball Association champion Cavs once again beating down the Celtics on their home court in a dominant 135-102 Game 5 victory to close out the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals.

Outside of the "Big Three", the rest of the team looks ready for primetime. The Cavaliers won 135-102.

That very same Miami squad was humbled by the San Antonio Spurs in the Finals, which led to LeBron returning home to Cleveland, where he formed a new Big 3 featuring Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

After this year's lackluster NBA playoffs, buckle up: The Warriors and Cavaliers are back in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year. Curry shatters his own records for Finals 3-pointers, puts up two huge scoring performances, has one clutch shot that defines his career, and secures the only trophy he's got left to add to his case.

The last two players to win NBA Finals MVP that weren't LeBron James are Kawhi Leonard and Andre Iguodala.

LeBron knows what type of challenge this Warriors team presents, as he also called them "the best team in our league for the last three years", and he knows their path to a championship has become much more arduous with the addition of Kevin Durant. The Golden State Warriors are actually chasing history in this series, as no team has ever gone undefeated in the current playoff format.

But for the third year in a row, the Cavs enter the NBA Finals as the underdog.

But after showering each other with water to celebrate the victory, most players didn't want to talk about Game 1, which was seven days away.

The 28-year-old Thomas aggravated the injury in game six of the Celtics' second-round series against the Washington Wizards. The Cavs were solid yet unconvincing in a 51-win regular season that saw them finish with the second seed in the Eastern Conference, while the Warriors were never in doubt of finishing atop the standings with a 67-win season.

For Durant, this trip ends a five-year wait.

"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. "We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night".

The Celtics were 9-9 during a playoff run that capped a successful season. With his 35 points in Game 5 against the Celtics, LeBron's postseason point total reached 5,995, passing "His Airness" for the No. 1 spot. I didn't go bald like Mike, but uhhhh. "I think I fell in love with the game because of Michael, just seeing what he was able to accomplish", James said. "I think that goes with coaching staff, players, and everybody just has to get better to get back to this situation".

The Warriors blitzed through the Western Conference playoffs without losing a game, the first time since the 2001 Los Angeles Lakers to open the postseason 12-0.

When James takes the court June 1 in Oakland, Calif., he will be appearing in his seventh straight Finals while seeking his fourth title.

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