Cavaliers vs. Celtics 2017

Hope Soto
June 3, 2017

Central (8:30 p.m. Eastern). Assuming the Celtics see their season end with a loss to Cleveland at home in Game 5 Thursday night, the focus will shift to next month's draft, when the Celtics are expected to use that top pick to select Washington star Markelle Fultz.

Cleveland Cavaliers, fuelled by another milestone night for LeBron James, powered into a third straight NBA Finals meeting with Golden State Warriors with a dominant 135-102 win over the Celtics here on Thursday.

You can listen to Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics live streaming as well as all of the other 2017 NBA Playoffs by signing up with a one-time payment of $9.99. They, of course, are the only team with the luxury of having LeBron James, who broke the National Basketball Association postseason scoring record with his 35 points in Game 5.

Even with a healthy Thomas, the Celtics would have struggled against the Cavaliers, who are 12-1 in the postseason.

James had been saying that he felt like the Cavs needed to go through some adversity after a blistering 10-0 start to the postseason.

Assuming the Cavaliers get the final victory they need to secure passage to the NBA Finals Thursday night, the two teams will meet for a third straight season with a title on the line. By the time the period had ended, the Cavs held a 109-74 advantage, turning the final quarter into garbage time. Foul trouble and easy free throws remained an issue for the guys in green, with the Cavaliers shooting a terrific 20 - 24 from the charity stripe, with only Lebron and JR missing (3 and 1 respectively). "I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, seeing what he was able to accomplish", said James.

"We have to execute offensively". They're coming out and they're hitting us, they don't care who you are.

Coach Brad Stevens was disappointed with the way his team finished this season, but he did admit that this is just one step on the long journey.

Everyone will have one eye on Irving's left ankle.

Cavaliers vs. Celtics 2017

After Cleveland did whatever it wanted in the opening two games of the series with Thomas on the court, Boston replaced Thomas in the starting lineup with Marcus Smart - a 6-foot-4 bulldog that's built like a brick wall and who has the speed and quickness to be a very effective defender.

If the Celtics were playing with house money heading into the series, they are flush with it again as they return to the Garden. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won seven of their last nine road games.

The win sets up a third consecutive match-up with Western Conference champion Golden State, the team it beat in the finals last season to claim the franchise's first championship.

The Celtics also announced that Jae Crowder (left groin strain) and Amir Johnson (right shoulder sprain) are both probable. The Celtics are underdogs at 5.25, while the Cavs are at 1.18.

Since Thomas went down, Avery Bradley has been the guy for Boston.

Thomas said it with a smile, but make no mistake: at 29, and after making roughly $29 million through what will be his first seven National Basketball Association seasons when he hits free agency next July, he is - quite understandably - going to be looking to cash in.

"This team is a insane team", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said after Thursday's game.

"You can't (think about it)".

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