Game 5 was such a non-event that Charles Barkley stated he was going to nick off at half-time to watch the (far more enthralling) Game 7 National Hockey League clash between Ottawa and Pittsburgh.
This is the first time the same two teams have faced off in three consecutive NBA Finals, and it's the matchup that most NBA fans - and Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob - wanted. Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15. In the process, Cleveland set an National Basketball Association record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.
The Cavaliers, who sat their starters for the entire fourth quarter, begin their third straight NBA Finals series against the Golden State Warriors next Thursday in Oakland. To get there, the Cleveland Cavaliers went 12-1 on their journey through the Eastern Conference playoffs.
NOTES: Cavs F LeBron James pregame on getting set to pass Michael Jordan and become the NBA's all-time leading playoff scorer: "It's just a personal goal of mine". "I think I fell in love with the game because of Mike".
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James, arguably the premier player in the game, leads a Cavs side that features the sublime talents of Australian-born, but U.S. loyal, point guard Irving and sharpshooting big man Love. "That was my mindset".
After a Game 5, series-ending loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East finals, though, the Celtics see just how far they have to go to reach The Finals and that stage. But he said both he and his teammates continue to be inspired by their leader. It was 1 versus 2.
"At this point, he's not able to coach", Myers said.
"This team is a insane team. We got some throughout the year, and we really had guys progress well, but they've got to keep making that progress". "As of tonight, I'll get started". But they displayed their superiority over the final two games to wrap up the series. More clutch than Robert Horry's Game 5 victor in 2005 for the San Antonio Spurs, or Don Nelson's back-rim bouncer for Bill Russell's final title with the Boston Celtics in 1969?
For Cleveland, it was a comprehensive offensive performance in the first half, as the Cavaliers either got to the rim or kicked it out for 3-pointers - they attempted only one shot in the first half that wasn't either a 3-pointer or in the paint.
James, Irving and Love took command from the opening tip-off on Thursday.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates a basket against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals, Monday, May 22, 2017, in San Antonio.