SHOTS | 3 observations after the Cleveland Cavaliers win Eastern Conference crown

Cavs remain humble with chance to closeout Celtics in Game 5

Cavs remain humble with chance to closeout Celtics in Game 5

THE Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will meet in the NBA Finals for the third straight season.

Game 5 had the look and feel of Games 1 and 2, when Cleveland came into the TD Garden and had their way with the Celtics with a pair of wins by a combined 57 points. Cleveland is expecting another unflinching effort in Game 5 from a Celtics team that isn't backing down despite facing a 3-1 deficit.

The Golden State Warriors will meet them there, waiting since Monday after sweeping the Spurs and becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to go 12-0 through the first three rounds of the playoffs. The main event is now, and the Cavs will be big underdogs in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive season. The Celtics have an important offseason ahead of them, including the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, so it may just be best to end it all now and get moving onto next year.

And the Celtics - for the first time in their history - won the draft lottery, the end result of a brilliantly forward-thinking trade executed years ago by Danny Ainge.

LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan for the top spot on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list, scoring 35 points against Boston on Thursday night to reach 5,995 in his career.

Cleveland deserves plenty of credit for its performance, but the Celtics were No. 13 of 16 in postseason defensive rating entering the game, per NBA.com.

Coach Tyronn Lue said they've gotten tighter this season. In Game 4, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and James combined to score or assist 103 points.

Unlike Game 4, when Kyrie Irving almost single-handedly lifted the Cavs to victory, Cleveland's production was much more evenly distributed.

Now they'll finally get their chance, and only one result will be acceptable for Golden State.

The Boston Celtics were knocked out of the playoffs, following a 135-102 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 59.5 percent from the field. 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.

"I told him not to take the moment for granted".

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