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Adam Reisinger 

Avery Bradley said unlike the loss in the conference finals in 2012, which felt like an ending, this feels like the beginning of something for this Celtics core: "I feel like Danny Ainge and our entire organization will do a great job putting the right guys together to help us compete for a championship."

Ian O'Connor @Ian_OConnor

When's the last time an athlete as superior as LeBron James was an underdog in 2 straight championship rounds in his sport?

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Kevin Love finished +43, his best plus-minus of any game in his career (regular or postseason). Celtics were 3-of-14 with 2 TO when Love was the primary defender.

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This will be the first time in NBA history that 3 players enter the Finals averaging 25 PPG on 50% shooting (LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry).

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LeBron James had 35 points, the most points to clinch a series win at the Celtics in NBA postseason history, as noted by the Elias Sports Bureau.

Adam Reisinger 

The Cavs show off their Finals T-shirts and hats as J.R. Smith cradled the Eastern Conference Champions trophy.


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The Cavaliers' win in Game 5 was the Celtics' largest loss when facing elimination in franchise history.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The players and coaching just had to cajole GM David Griffin, a pending free agent, into joining in the trophy presentation.

Adam Reisinger 

Tyronn Lue has yet to lose a playoff series in his time as Cavs head coach. He's a perfect 7-0 entering the 2017 Finals.


Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Isaiah Thomas leaves the floor after Boston's season ends in Game 5 loss to Cavaliers.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

If you wanna know long it's been since LeBron James hadn't made the NBA Finals, John Wall hadn't been picked No. 1 yet.

Adam Reisinger 

Kevin Love and LeBron James are headed back to the Finals -- the 7th straight trip for James.


Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James makes his way to the postgame trophy presentation.

Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Celtics walk off the court for the last time this season with Isaiah bringing up the rear.