After last year's sweep by Cleveland in the second round, the Raptors reworked their style of play with a focus on better ball-sharing, and the development of the bench. The reigning champions. The probable MVP.
This (unofficially) is the NBA Finals.
It certainly does not disappoint.
If the Celtics are going to keep their wonderful ride going, they are going to have to do something about the dominant James, and it won't be in the hands of just one defender. He is going to get his numbers no matter what.
The series starts Sunday in Boston.
The Boston Celtics aren't just happy to be here. In the playoffs, the Boston Celtics have a defensive rating of 105.8 for seventh place.
This is the eighth time Cleveland and Boston have met in the postseason.
For starters, Cleveland isn't almost as good this season. But Green, who averaged 14.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 10 assists per game against the New Orleans Pelicans, provides the energy that drives Golden State to greatness.
It's evident that these two parties dislike each other. Two months later, James made the decision to join the Heat to begin his run of consecutive trips to the NBA Finals.
But the Cavaliers will have LeBron James, and that's nearly always enough.
No one expected the Celtics to get where they are now, but we have to be realistic here.
"(You) got smarter with your movements and stuff like that", Brown added. The Pacers? They made life rough on the Cavs for second games, as was evident in the almost four turnovers a game James totaled.
James is No. 2 on the all-time list with 346 playoff 3-pointers. Allen played in 171, and James has played in 228.
But James is still James and has carried the Cavaliers to the doorstep of another trip to the National Basketball Association finals, something they'll accomplish by getting past the undermanned and surprising Celtics. Teams have now gone 130-0 when leading 3-0.
That's even more pronounced in this round.
Boston on the other hand has melded as a team because of heart and great coaching. Now, Hartstein has broken down Game 1 and isolated a huge X Factor that determines the outcome. If it's the first version, this is likely where the road ends.
Starting Thursday, there will be no games five times in a nine-day span. He's out. Shane Larkin sprained his left shoulder in Game 4 against Philadelphia and won't be ready for this series.
Meanwhile, the NBA's officials report into the Celtics' Game 5 victory has confirmed the Sixers were hard done by when Embiid was not awarded a foul when Baynes reached across him.
But while the 33-year-old has the utmost respect for the NBA's most decorated franchise, James' admiration hasn't stopped him from standing in the way of Boston stuffing more Larry O'Brien trophies into its crowded case.
Celtics and Warriors: $1,646,226 each so far. He said he feels like a completely different player as he prepares to face them again.
The Boston Celtics have been mining possibility out of improbable odds throughout the 2017-2018 season.