LeBron: Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

LeBron: Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

You have to understand that I put a lot of work into my craft.

May 25, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) dunks and scores against the Boston Celtics during the third quarter of game five of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at the TD Garden.

The second period saw the Celtics keep up the pace, while the Cavaliers tried to claw back into the game.

Thomas said at the team's practice facility Friday that the swelling must go down before there is a decision on how to rehab.

Speaking for the first time since the end of his season, Thomas said he might need surgery but it's "not the No. 1 option right now".

By halftime, each Celtics starter, with the exception of Avery Bradley, had accumulated three assists, per David Kenyon.

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Lue added: "With Isaiah [Thomas] going down, that's 29 points a game, and now you got to scheme and try to do something for a whole 'nother system".

Also last season, the Warriors were trying to validate a record-breaking 73-victory regular season, and this time around, they have no such burden after winning 67.

LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan for the top spot on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list on Thursday night.

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook installed Golden State as a minus-260 favorite, with Cleveland at plus-220, meaning a $100 bet on the Warriors would win $38.46 and the same bet on the Cavaliers would win $220, according to ESPN.

"Playing in this league, you can't take anything for granted", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said after the Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 129-115 in Game 4 on Monday night. With the front office primed to make some offseason moves to help close the gap between the two teams, here's a look at a few lessons the Celtics can take from their lopsided defeat. I think we had something.

Basketball fans cried foul when James joined the Cavs and Durant the Warriors but this era of super teams is exactly what the NBA needs. Kevin Love added 17 points and a career playoff-high 17 rebounds Tuesday.

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"I don't get involved in the hype, but I do know both teams are better than last year's teams", James said. "With that being said, tonight I'll start my prepping, and we'll see what happens".

After allowing the Celtics to seize the early momentum in Game 4, the Cavs barely gave them the chance in Game 5. Jordan won six championships in six NBA Finals appearances, while James is going for his fourth.

But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players. The mysterious low energy Game 5 against the Celtics in 2010, in which he was a stunning nonfactor.

Kerr will still be a major part of everything the Warriors do, of course-in fact, he assigned himself the task of going back through all of last year's Finals games and delivering a scouting conclusion. "The way he's playing, he's deserving of all the credit he's getting", Irving said before listing some of the Celtics who shone in Thomas' absence. Clearly the basketball gods have jokes this year. They're coming out and they're hitting us, they don't care who you are.

Kevin Durant has made the Warriors the scariest team on the planet.

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