The conference finals demonstrated how desperately Boston missed two of its All-Star players.
Hamilton coached James Jones when the two were at the University of Miami, and he coached Okaro White when he played at FSU.
Despite having been the best player in the National Basketball Association for the better part of the past decade, LeBron James is no stranger to underdog status.
Game 1 of the NBA Finals is on Thursday, May 31 at 6 p.m.at Oracle Arena. Maybe Paul's presence means more in the Game 6 and 7 losses than Iguodala's would have meant in Games 4 and 5, but we will never find out.
After the game, Harden's opponent and former Oklahoma City teammate, Kevin Durant, said the Warriors planned to tire out Harden and knew he would wear down eventually. "They have (James), the best player in the world".
With Ramirez, Red Sox send a clear message
When Ramirez's struggles this month continued, Cora said the team - and Ramirez - were better served with him gone. It was going to be hard . "Versatility-wise, we feel very comfortable with where we're at right now".
"We just didn't have that extra juice that we needed", Harden said.
Thanks to a stunning series by LeBron James, however, they managed to survive that scare. He expects to be available for Game 1 of the Finals.
The four-time league MVP scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday night, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 win over the Celtics and eliminating Boston from the Eastern Conference finals in the decisive seventh game.
James hasn't received much support from his teammates, essentially making the 2018 Finals a battle of LeBron against Golden State's "Big Four" (Durant, Curry, Thompson and Draymond Green). "(Owner) Dan Gilbert does what it takes to win a championship, try to win a championship.
3 - Cleveland's struggles to defend the fast break have been well known all season.
Love was replaced in the starting lineup by veteran Jeff Green, who stepped up and scored 19 points as the Cavs completed their comeback after trailing 2-0 and 3-2 in the series.
Film-wise, those two games are meaningless now. But he was eliminated in the playoffs by James before he was with the Warriors, and that grudge could still be there to this day. It was the first game of the series where the team that lost the turnover battle won the game (27 missed threes will do that to you), as the Warriors were pushed out of their game by a tenacious Rockets D. But it's just cool that every opportunity you step on the floor in the playoffs, the farther you go, somebody is going to challenge you.