Richard Jefferson: LeBron James Was Sick For Games 3 & 4

They have the No. 1 pick; we'll see what they do with that.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics Game 5 kicks off on Thursday, May 25, at 8:30 p.m.

Game 5 allowed the Cavaliers to break numerous records on their way to the Finals once again, now holding the league record with 13 straight victories in closeout games as a franchise in the playoffs lasting from 2009 to now. While they improved to 39 percent by the time the period had ended, the Cavs shot 64 percent in the same category and held a 43-27 lead at quarter's end. Just as fittingly, Kyrie Irving assisted on the basket - a 3-point shot with 2:41 left in the third quarter to increase the Cavaliers' lead to 103-71.

Brown is the latest Celtics player to battle a hip ailment. Deron Williams had 14 points off the bench.

"Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff, but these guys are running all kinds of s-t".

Several Celtics are also fighting injuries. All of that was before his remarkable run during these National Basketball Association playoffs, when he played through the tragic death of his sister and repeated health issues - including multiple dental procedures and ongoing hip issues - to lead Boston back to the Eastern Conference finals. The Celtics never had a single lead in the three home games in this series, with their only play that even remotely resembled the team that won 53 games coming at the Q in Cleveland.

For the third straight home game in the Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics got off to a slow start against Cleveland and it cost them their season.

"We're humble enough to know we haven't played well at home and we want to give our home crowd a better outing than we did the past two games", Boston forward Jae Crowder said followed Tuesday night's loss. Basically, 2010 is the only year this decade with James playing in the finals. Love added a double double with 15 and 11, and Kyrie finished on 24 shooting 60%. But for now, it looks like they might just have to tip their cap to the Cavs. The team was clearly frustrated and agitated, yet it was a different sight than what the Cavs had been used to. "I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike, seeing what he was able to accomplish", said James.

The win puts the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, marking the first time in league history that the same two teams have played in the Finals for three consecutive years. James and Jones have both earned themselves a ticket to their 7th straight finals, the only players to achieve such a feat since; ironically, the core Celtics players of the 60's.

The Celtics assist-turnover ratio ranked third in the National Basketball Association during the regular season, at 1.902 (that's 1.9 assists per turnover). But just like they have all season the Cs dug deep, erasing a 21-point deficit to stun the hosts on an Avery Bradley jumper with 1/10th of a second to play.

Boston Celtics bench looks on from the sidelines.

The Wine and Gold have been victorious through the East, with a record of 12 - 1. Now, they're just looking to wrap up the matchup to meet the Golden State Warriors, who swept the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Final on Monday.



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