LeBron James calls his pursuit of Michael Jordan a 'personal goal'

Since March 30, they've only made four road trips, all single-city stops in Phoenix, Portland, Salt Lake City and San Antonio before a quick return.

It's time for Round 3.

Also: There haven't been a ton of work nights mixed into it.

While Joe Lacob's disruptive squad swept their way past the Spurs, as they did the Jazz and Trail Blazers before them, the Cavaliers finally faced some trouble in the East, dropping a singular game on their way to LeBron James' seventh straight Finals appearance.

After getting eliminated, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens now looks ahead to the National Basketball Association draft and said, "It's pretty cool to think that in three weeks you've got the No. 1 pick in the draft". But when they were there, it was sunny and 80 degrees.

"Coming out at half-time, I just wanted to be aggressive and lead my guys and leave it all out there on the floor", Irving said. "The Bay Area is handsome".

The Cavaliers had zero interest in prolonging what's seemed to be inevitable since Game 1 here, if not since Game 1 of the regular season.

Given their bevy of assets and promising young players, the Celtics are in good position to be a strong team for quite some team. Klay Thompson led the team at 34.0 per game. And it all came in a game that James dropped only 11 points.

That gap has only widened in the playoffs.

"When the fans at the end of the game were [chanting "Let's go Celtics"] - man, it's just incredible".

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They've given themselves a chance to erase the sting of their 44-point loss in Game 2.

The Celtics, in year four of their renewal, had reached the conference finals before using the upcoming No. 1 pick, before spending their cap space this summer, and before cashing in another potential high pick that may yet arrive next year via their 2013 swindling of the Nets.

In the last meeting, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving came to life in the second half to pilot the Cavaliers to a 112-99 victory. Unlike a year ago, the Warriors have Kevin Durant. "Thirty teams suit up every year trying to get to this point, and only two teams do".

Kevin Durant's totals may paint the clearest picture about how light this playoff run to the sport's biggest stage has been.

ESPN Basketball Power Index gives Boston a 56 percent chance to win Thursday's Game 5, but the Thomas-less No. 1 seed face a hard task of turning this series around.

In that game three win for the Celtics, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart showed leadership and put the team on their backs.

Kyrie Irving was incredible that game.

"If something changes and he feels better, I'll sit here or, better - he would sit here - and tell you". With the Eastern Conference finals-clinching win, the Cavs are heading to their third straight Finals, but for LeBron, this will be No. 7 in a row.

For the sake of the Cavaliers, we hope to see the dominant James, because the James we've seen since game three will not cut it against a stacked Warriors team, which is resting and waiting for them. They had an astonishing true shooting percentage of 70.6% and an off the charts 136.8 offensive rating even with the game being a blowout most of the night.

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