The 2017 Finals is also special in that it's a rubber match.
Still suffering from a cold, Cavaliers small forward LeBron James sniffled throughout a 13-minute interview session Sunday at Cleveland Clinic Courts, but he's not sick his team is once again an underdog in Las Vegas as he enters his eighth NBA Finals.
Kyrie Irving added 24 points and Kevin Love finished with 15 for the Cavs, who never trailed and led by as many as 39 points in one of their most dominating wins of the series. In the process, Cleveland set an National Basketball Association record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity.
However, Lue believes the Celtics - who trail 3-1 in the Eastern Conference finals series following Tuesday's 112-99 loss - and their unpredictability is more of a concern. "I think it's great to be talked about, see what I was able to accomplish as an individual".
If you don't want to rile up friends and relatives over the long weekend, you might also steer clear of the James-Jordan comparison.
"I've always told you guys, anytime I'm linked to any of the greats, even the greatest in Mike, it's just an honor", James told reporters Thursday morning. "That was my mindset". Three-plus games is a small sample size to make any grand declarations, but it should help the C's front office make a more informed decision.
But beyond James' foul trouble, the Cavs were having other issues as the Celtics outplayed them at both ends while opening a 16-point lead.
"This team is a insane team. The place I got a lot of my glasses from the past few years, I'm still waiting on them", Brown said. "As of tonight, I'll get started".
Avery Bradley scored 19 and Jae Crowder 18 for Boston.
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The second period saw the Celtics keep up the pace, while the Cavaliers tried to claw back into the game. Ruth had three homers in the Series, including one in the decisive sixth game. Needing scoring badly, they caught fire from outside, making 11 of 22 3-pointers in the second half while the once-hot Cavs had their weapon stolen, going just 2-of-17 in the second half from beyond the arc.
Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates.
"First of all, I don't get involved in the hype", James said.
But as tension among Cleveland's home fans mounted at the Quicken Loans Arena, it was left to Irving to ride to the rescue with a sensational, momentum-changing display in the third quarter. He showed no signs of lingering issues, though, beating several defenders off the dribble and handing out seven assists.
Jordan scored 5,987 in his postseason career in 179 games from 1985-2003. However, the same can not be said for the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 135-102 to clinch the best-of-seven series 4-1. The point guard was asked about the exchange after the game. Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.
Last June, Curry was the reigning two-time MVP, but went into the Finals limping and clearly wasn't at the top of his game-he was a cumulative -7 in plus-minus in the series, shot only 40.3 percent from the field and was frequently attacked on defense.
The two-time All-Star was sidelined in Game 2 after aggravating a hip injury.