Kyrie Irving praises Celtics, Isaiah Thomas following Game 5 victory

LeBron James hit 34 points to help the Cavaliers to a comeback win to move within one win of an nearly inevitable third date in the Finals with Golden State.

Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland. "I started to focus on myself, on other players and other people around my neighborhood because I never thought that you could get to a point where Mike was".

Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas wanted to keep playing in the Eastern Conference finals, but team doctors and officials convinced him he needed to shut down his season for his long-term health. Can James win his fourth ring?

"I'm not ready to coach yet", Kerr told reporters on Monday. "So, it's going to be very challenging not only on me mentally, but on our ballclub and on our franchise". Unfortunately, you will be needing an authentication with your cable provider should you want to watch Cavaliers/ Cavs vs. Celtics Game 5 live stream on Watch TNT.

Golden State swept their second round opponent, the Utah Jazz, and their conference finals opponent, the Spurs. "We have a bigger goal in mind". They played great basketball this year.

Now, Brown will be facing James as an opponent in the finals.

Lue knows the Cavs are facing a hard task, one made tougher with the addition of the versatile Durant, who can score down low, from the perimeter and free-throw line. "We knew they'd be right there". "It's cute." ... The Cavaliers' 43 points in the first quarter made them the first playoff team since the 1990 Celtics with three 40-point quarters against the same team. Mike Brown has been serving as the interim since Game 3 of the series against the Portland Trail Blazers, and Golden State has suffered no hiccups. They have the No. 1 pick; we'll see what they do with that.

Green, for one, will appreciate all the hype around this series.

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on after the game against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 25, 2017 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. They're coming out and they're hitting us, they don't care who you are. "I was like, 'If I'm not scoring the ball, how can I still make an impact on the game?' It's carried me all the way to this point now, and it's going to carry me for the rest of my career because scoring is not No. 1 on my agenda".

"As of right now, I would not coach Thursday night", said Kerr to the media. This caused coach Tyronn Lue to have to sit him for the latter half of the second quarter.

The reigning champion Cavaliers and the 2015 victor Warriors will battled for the crown for a third straight year in the best-of-7 starting at Golden State on Thursday.

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