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"Crowder. So, they got a lot of tough guys that are going to compete so they're making us compete, which is good for us".

Golden State went on to win the next three games by 36, 12, and 14 points to advance to their third straight NBA Championship series.

LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers are headed back to the NBA Finals. The 5-foot-9 point guard had a career season, leading the NBA's Eastern Conference in scoring with 28.9 points per game and helping vault the Celtics into the East finals with several epic playoff performances.

Additionally, James pulled down four rebounds, handed out seven assists, stole four passes and blocked three shots over 33 minutes.

The matchup we've all been waiting for has arrived: Cavs vs. Warriors III, the NBA Finals rubber match. "You saw that in Game 3 against Boston". I believe that is all that matters.

The Cavs are one win away from setting up a third-straight National Basketball Association finals match-up with the Golden State Warriors and ahead of the fifth game in the Eastern Conference Final series in Boston on Friday morning, James said Australian-born Irving was a star performer. James took a seat with Boston up 10 points in the quarter.

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Cavaliers: James has scored 30 or more points in 11 of Cleveland's 13 games this postseason.

If you don't want to rile up friends and relatives over the long weekend, you might also steer clear of the James-Jordan comparison. Their red-hot three-point shooting predictably fell back down to earth, with Marcus Smart most notably going cold from distance. What if the presence of Kevin Durant makes this rivalry as much of a mismatch as it looked like the second time the two teams met during the regular season? The Cavs' starting five played the entire third quarter and outscored the Celtics 34-17. But if you're a Celtics fan you have to feel a lot better about the team than you did after their embarrassing Game 2 loss at home. It's notable that Boston is without All-Star Isaiah Thomas, but the Celtics have given the Cavaliers a run for their money over the last couple of games. Cleveland now head back into Boston with a 3-1 lead hoping to close things out and send the Celtics on an early holiday. "I wish I could say that he was". We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night. Two baskets by James ballooned the lead to 25 with 6:39 left in the third quarter. Irving has played at this level since he entered the league and just because Lebron James is on the team doesn't mean Irving is the sidekick.

Irving was moving around and putting up shots during the Cavs' morning shootaround.

Since Lebron's return home, Irving has adjusted his role to be a better teammate, a better 3-point shooter, and a better passer. They finished 19 of 41 Thursday.

CelticsBlog asked Stevens about how he felt achieving all they accomplished this season, despite falling short of the title. Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. While the Celtics are eighth in points (105.4), sixth in field goal percentage (45.8), second in assists (27.4) and fifth in efficiency (109.0). Bill Russell holds the record of appearing in 10 consecutive Finals. Jaylen Brown added six points off the bench. "As much as you want to, it's not over", he said.