[ May 26, 2017 ] Betting Preview for the 2017 NBA Finals Sports Betting
Yes, Green Teamers should feel positive about their franchise’s future.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were less than two hours removed from clinching their third straight Eastern Conference crown and James’ seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. If not for its Game 3 collapse Sunday to Boston in the Eastern Conference finals, Cleveland would also be 12-0.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, however, say they aren’t using any snubs to get ready for the NBA Finals. With more big bodies available, the Celtics can be more flexible with their lineups and create better defensive match-ups. Durant hasn’t forgotten the James-induced suffering of the 2012 Finals, back when they still sported the colors of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Miami Heat.
The NFL and Major League Baseball have also had one instance in which the same teams met for the title three straight years. Cleveland’s perennial joyride to the Finals rolls over minor speedbump after minor speedbump. What’s so important about this that you want to call me all these disrespectful names?’ That sh*t doesn’t fly where I’m from, where any one of us are from.
The Celtics made some noise near the end of the first half, but Irving scored Cleveland’s first 11 points in the first 3:18 of the second half before two baskets by James ballooned the lead to 25 with 6:39 left in the third quarter. Still, it wouldn’t have mattered either way. LeBron has averaged 32.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.4 blocks per game in the 2017 postseason.
“I’m going to be honest, I’m not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State”, said James. “I think you look at the (Celtics), they have a young Jaylen Brown, they have a young core, they have the No. 1 pick, they have opportunities to make trades”. Every night was challenging, and you can’t just sleepwalk through a season, sleepwalk through the playoffs and expect to be here. Love is just 28.
Love said he believes his teammates are well aware of Green’s remarks.
Golden State led the league with 67 victories this season and is 27-1 in its past 28 games – including 12-0 in the Western Conference playoffs, the first time a team has gone this deep into an National Basketball Association postseason without losing.
The good news is that the pieces are in place for that to happen.
The last pick in the 2011 National Basketball Association draft, Thomas has emerged as an All-Star in Boston. He is eligible for free agency after next season. How will Golden State guard Kyrie Irving?
On Thursday, after a celebration of the conference title with water, not champagne, Jefferson wanted to get his take on James’ accomplishment out there before anyone else. “We just kept grinding”. Us and Cleveland worked our butts off all year to put ourselves in a position to get a championship. I like guys like that. By signing Hayward, the Celtics will add another scoring option to take the pressure off players like Thomas and Fultz. “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”. One more team. I couldn’t have made the (entire) East better. “They worked really hard to get us here”, said Andretti.
“Mike, I owe him $100 from when I was a rookie”.
He continued, “So I think that helped shape my game”.
It was certainly a fun season for the Celtics, one that was much-appreciated from their fans.