The Cavaliers are heading back to the NBA Finals for the third straight year and will look to defend their crown after beating the Boston Celtics, 135-102, in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Here are our '3 Shots' from the second half of tonight's close-out win by the Wine and Gold.
1. LeBron James makes history
With a three-point basket in the 3rd quarter, LeBron James passed his hero, Michael Jordan, to become the NBA's all-time leader in playoff points scored. There will be more record-breaking performances to come. The King finished with 35 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists in putting an exclamation point on the Cavaliers' run through the Eastern Conference.
We'll have more thoughts on the record later in LeBron James Says, but for now just remember that he is about to play in his 7th consecutive NBA Finals. Please don't tell me that there's anyone in the NBA that is more 'valuable' to his team. There is no one who comes close.
2. The Cavs bench answered questions (before garbage time)
I neglected in the first half '3 Shots' to give props to Deron Williams. In what felt like a throwback to the times when he was considered one of, if not the best, point guards in the NBA, Williams scored 14 points and helped ignite the 2nd unit in the second quarter. Williams' drives to the basket helped open space for Kyle Korver, who had 7 points in the second. Korver, Williams, and Iman Shumpert will all be crucial to the Cavaliers when they face Golden State in the Finals. I'll also be interested to see if Channing Frye plays more of a role or if we'll see Richard Jefferson on the floor in the next round.
3. Golden State is going to be favored, again
As the second half was coming to a close, I was getting tweet after tweet about how the Golden State Warriors were going to be 7 point favorites in Game 1 of the NBA Finals one week from now. My answer: Bring it on! The Cavs will have a week to rest and get themselves mentally ready to deal with Curry, Durant, Green, Thompson and the rest of the Golden State Warriors. Don't worry about what people around the league say. Remember as I always say: The Cavaliers have LeBron, they don't.
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