Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury

Avery Bradley one game.

Celtics rookie forward Jaylen Brown is questionable with a hip injury.

Injured Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas was in attendance Thursday night and gathered with his teammates in a huddle before they took the court for pregame warmups.

Cleveland Cavaliers have reached their third NBA Finals in a row, after winning the Eastern Conference Finals against Boston Celtics. The win also sets the stage for an unprecedented NBA Finals rubber match between the Cavs and Golden State Warriors. "We're a young team, this is our first time. I think that goes with coaching staff, players, and everybody just has to get better to get back to this situation".

James scored 35 points, passing Michael Jordan on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list along the way, and Kyrie Irving had 24 for Cleveland.

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

As a result, Boston not only won Game 3 (thanks in large part to an unsustainable scoring burst from Smart), but also built a 10-point halftime lead in Game 4. Assuming the Celtics see their season end with a loss to Cleveland at home in Game 5 on Thursday night, the focus will shift to next month's draft, when the Celtics are expected to use that top pick to select Washington star Markelle Fultz. "(The Celtics) are giving us everything that they have, and we're expecting it, and we want the challenge", said James. To come back and do what we did, to go 12-1 in the playoffs, to be playing good basketball, I'm very happy and I'm going to enjoy it until we play Golden State.

After signing Al Horford in the off-season - the biggest free agent acquisition in the history of the NBA's most-decorated franchise- the Celtics rode him and Thomas to the No. 1 seed in the East.

The Warriors got the best of the Cavaliers during the first go-round, as a Lebron James willed an injury ravaged Wine & Gold squad to six games before finally falling. Irving scored a playoff career high of 42 points, and the Celtics had no answer.

ESPN Basketball Power Index gives Boston a 56 percent chance to win Thursday's Game 5, but the Thomas-less No. 1 seed face a hard task of turning this series around.

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And the Celtics, a team that without Thomas relies heavily on ball movement, timely cuts to the basket and the need to knock down open shots, simply failed to once again take advantage of the opportunities - and there weren't many - the Cavs afforded them.

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. It felt like we grew as the year went on.

Not only were the defending champions playing their best basketball in the playoffs, but they were healthy both mentally and physically - something they could not lay claim to during several stretches during the regular season. They've already proven who they are, and there's no longer a doubt whether or not this season was a success - it was. But looming over it all is the impending decision they'll have to make about the future of Thomas as Boston's centerpiece.

"It's pretty cool that in three weeks you've got the No. 1 pick in the draft", said Stevens.

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