You couldn't create a better script for the Warriors-Cavaliers trilogy

The Cleveland Cavaliers did what they were supposed to Thursday night, obliterating the Celtics in Boston in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals to punch their third straight ticket to the NBA Finals.

Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas realizes he will need to exercise patience this summer.

Golden State led the league with 67 wins this season and is a staggering 27-1 in its last 28 games - including a flawless 12-0 in the Western Conference playoffs, the first time a team has gone this deep into an National Basketball Association post-season without losing. They won the three road games in the series by a combined 90 points, the last two by a total of 77.

"Eastern Conference finals, that's the biggest stage I've ever been on", Thomas said at the team's practice facility in Waltham, Massachusetts. He says surgery is "not the No. 1 option right now".

"No matter what happens, let's make sure I come back even better".

He did it with a three-pointer late in the third quarter - the first of a string of three straight from beyond the arc. While Cleveland has played teams that ranked eighth, 12th and 16th defensively in the regular season, Golden State has played two of the league's top three defenses (Utah and San Antonio), though the Spurs were missing Kawhi Leonard for 3 1/2 of the four games in the conference finals. Celtics G Avery Bradley on the team's first home game since the Game 2 Cleveland blowout, said, "We owe our fans a better performance.".

James said at a summer basketball camp past year that he found motivation in "this ghost I'm chasing - the ghost played in Chicago". He was just 21 in his first playoff game, but was well-prepared at that point to lead his teams on lengthy runs, whereas Jordan didn't get his Bulls out of the first round until he was 25. "But I definitely wasn't trying to hear that at that point in time".

"There are more moments to come where we'll be tested, especially on the West Coast playing against a great team like the Warriors".

For Thomas, that level was an incredible 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game. "We'll be ready to go".

After playing three halves against the Cavaliers, the Celtics said Thomas was done for the season.

With the No. 1 pick in the draft, the Celtics could add a young talent like Markelle Fultz, a friend of Thomas', who might simply take some time to develop and still have money to pursue a free agent. I wrote before this series about how Kyrie was due for a bounce back after some poor shooting performances in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and he pulled it off and then some. I think that our team is not that much different than a lot of our competition in the East. The world knows what I bring to the table and I can't do anything to control anything else.

"I want to win a championship", Thomas said "And being so close to getting to the finals, that makes you want it that much more".

"Everybody's saying I've gotta be patient", Thomas said.

"But none of that matters if you don't take care of your business prior (to The Finals)".

Love, centre Tristan Thompson and their mix of wily veterans JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Deron Williams, Richard Jefferson, Kyle Korver and Channing Frye make a compelling supporting cast and they will need to stand tall. "The great thing about this is the experience".

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