We chronicled their roller coaster ride for you at the start of the playoffs, but we'll go over it again because, well, SOUP! "Because none of the good ones are reachable".
Even through the Celtics hold the home-court edge in the Eastern Conference Finals, Las Vegas likes the Cavaliers - who two of three games from Boston during the regular season.
The Celtics seemingly had their championship hopes derailed following the season-ending injuries to both of their offseason additions in Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving.
Dwane Casey of the Toronto Raptors has been selected as the National Basketball Coaches Association's coach of the year for the 2017-18 season, according to two people with knowledge of the voting. With Kyrie and Gordon going down and him having a chance to play the minutes he's been playing, starting and playing in the playoffs the way he has, he's taken full advantage of it. They have continued to do so through the postseason, as they now find themselves in a rematch of last year's Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
When you look at how the Sixers' finished the season as a top-five defensive team, it's incredible that they accomplished that with basically Joel Embiid, Simmons, Robert Covington, and Amir Johnson sprinkled in with some TJ McConnell. Teams have now gone 130-0 when leading 3-0.
The N.B.C.A. introduced its own Coach of the Year Award last season, based on a vote of the league's 30 head coaches. "Truly. We would figure stuff out", Brown said.
"I don't know which one's tougher", Korver said. But chemistry is something you just can't put together. But it is basketball.
GETTYTerry Rozier has been Kyrie Irving's back-up for the season
It wouldn't be a major surprise, given the form of Celtics' mainstay Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and, especially, rookie Jayson Tatum, if LeBron failed to make it to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
Stevens agrees with that assessment and has remained true to his style by blending into the background in public, instead waiting for the huddle or practice to make his voice heard.
"The way we've been playing at home has definitely been a crutch we've been leaning on to understand how high our confidence could be", DeRozan said. I thought Miami was more physical, but the talent wasn't there like Boston has.
The first two games of the series will be played in Boston, where James has thrived and one of the signature moments of his career took place.
There is also at least one person watching from afar who thinks a lot of the credit belongs to Stevens. Cleveland's current roster only faced the Celtics once.
LeBron went on to describe the Celtics ability to get points out of timeouts, how good they are in late shot clock situations, and their ability to adapt to whatever lineup is on the floor. When he's standing in attention for the national anthem at TD Garden Arena, he'll look up and see the retired jersey numbers of Bill Russell, Sam Jones, Tom Heinsohn, and Frank Ramsey.All of them Celtics, they are the only players in NBA history with more consecutive Finals appearances than James' current streak of seven (which makes this his eighth conference finals in a row).If James and the Cavs dispose of the Celtics in this series, James will tie Ramsey.
But there are a number of players who have height, length and power in this league, so there must be something else that allows him to stand apart. "I feel like I'm the leader". We saw King James do everything from nailing last-second buzzer beaters to win the game, to putting up more than 40 point performances.
Hamburg relegated after 55 seasons in Bundesliga top flight
Hamburg had taken an early lead through Aaron Hunt before Gladbach's Josip Drmic levelled the score just before halftime. The clock had previously recorded the amount of time the club had been in the Bundesliga .