Playoff blog: Cavs advance to the Finals, win Game 7

Playoff blog: Cavs face Raptors in Game 2
Playoff blog: Cavs face Raptors in Game 2
Playoff blog: Cavs face Raptors in Game 2
Playoff blog: Cavs face Raptors in Game 2
Playoff blog: Cavs face Raptors in Game 2
Playoff blog: Cavs face Raptors in Game 2
Posted at 2:04 PM, May 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 14:30:28-04

Conference Finals vs. Boston Celtics

Game 7: Cleveland heads to the finals with 87-79 win (Cavs 4, Celtics 3)
LeBron James scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists on Sunday night to earn an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Kevin Love was out for the final game of the series against the Boston Celtics in concussion protocol.

RELATED: Jeff Green to start with Kevin Love out Game 7

Game 6: Cleveland avoids elimination, wins Game 6 (Cavs 3, Celtics 3)

The King held court with a performance for the ages Friday night. Lebron's 46 points helped power the Cavs past Boston in a 109-99 win. LeBron James showed why he's one of the best all-time in elimination games. James added 11 rebounds and 9 assists. Game 7 is Sunday night in Boston.

Game 5: Cleveland starts slow, loses in Boston (Cavs 2, Celtics 3)
Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points and Al Horford had 15 points and 12 rebounds to help the Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 and take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals. 

RELATED: The Celtics Marcus Morris is exactly who you thought he was

Game 4: Cavs even up series with 111-102 win (Tied 2-2)
LeBron James scored 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Boston Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home.

RELATED: There's a GoFundMe to build a LeBron a statue

Game 3: Cavs come to life, shoot Celtics out of game 3 (Cavs 1, Celtics 2)
Lebron was special once again, but this time his friends chipped in as the Cavaliers rolled past Boston in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. James led the way with 27 points and 12 assists on a night six different Cavs scored in double figures. Cleveland, which struggled offensively in games 1 and 2 in Boston, hit 17 three-pointers en route to the 116-86 win. 

'The Most Useless Cavaliers'
Well, maybe this will fire the Cavs up. Following Game 2, NBC Sports Boston aired a segment on "The Most Useless Cavaliers." Michael Giardi and Michael Felger's list includes Jeff Green, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, J.R. Smith and head coach Ty Lue. We tried to embed the video for you to watch here, but the embed code is, ironically, useless. You can watch it at NBC Sports Boston.

Game 2: Cavs blow lead and lose second straight to Boston (Cavs 0, Celtics 2)
Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

This, sadly, was the most memorable moment of the game:

Which became Twitter's newest favorite meme.

Game 1: Cavs lose ugly to Celtics 108-83 (Cavs 0, Celtics 1)
LeBron has made Boston’s TD Garden his personal playground during the playoffs in recent years. The Cavs entered the Conference finals with a 9-3 record against the Celtics in games played at the Garden over the last four years, including six straight wins. James’ 979 postseason points against Boston were the most by any player against any opponent in the last 50 years. And his 21 playoff wins against the Celtics were also the most against them during that span. But none of that mattered Sunday in Boston’s dominating 108-83 win over Cleveland in Game 1, in which James committed seven turnovers while being held to just 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.

Conference Semifinals vs. Toronto Raptors

Game 4: Cavs sweep Raptors with 128-93 win (Cavs 4, Raptors 0)
It's almost as if LeBron James and the Cavs watched the SNL skit making fun of "The Other Cavaliers" and said he's going to get everyone else involved, as the entire starting lineup came through big-time. LeBron finished with 28 points and dished out 11 assists in the closeout blowout.

Game 3: Cavs win Game three over the Raptors on LeBron buzzer-beater, 105-103 (Cavs 3, Raptors 0)
LeBron James banked in a running one-hander at the buzzer, giving Cleveland a 105-103 win over Toronto on Saturday night in Game 3 and shoving the Raptors to the edge of their most devastating playoff exit.


Game 2: Cavs throttle Raptors for second straight road win (Cavs 2, Raptors 0)
LeBron had 43 points and 14 assists, Kevin Love added 31 points and 11 rebounds, and the Cavaliers thumped the Raptors 128-110 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

Drake has had better nights.


ICYMI from Game 1
Drake and Kendrick Perkins shared a moment.

Game 1: LeBron finally gets some help (Cavs 1, Raptors 0)
LeBron didn’t have to do it all by himself. But he still did a lot. James had 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds for his 21st career playoff triple-double, J.R. Smith scored 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 113-112 in overtime on Tuesday night to win Game 1 of their second-round playoff series. 

RELATED: How the Cleveland Cavaliers big game one win changed the odds in the Toronto series

First Round vs. Indiana Pacers

Game 7: LeBron wills Cavs into second round (Cavs 4, Pacers 3)
Unwilling to sit despite battling leg cramps in the second half, James scored 45 points and got some much-needed help from his teammates in Game 7 to stay unbeaten in the opening round of the NBA playoffs, leading the Cavaliers to a 105-101 win on Sunday over the Indiana Pacers, who pushed the game's best player to the breaking point.

Game 6: Pacers blow out Cavs as Oladipo gets a triple-double (Cavs 3, Pacers 3)
Behind Victor Oladipo's 28 points and first career postseason triple-double, the Pacers sent the series back to Cleveland and pushed the defending Eastern Conference champions to the brink of an early exit and a possible summer of unrest with a 121-87.

Game 5: LeBron saves Cavs with insane buzzer-beater (Cavs 3, Pacers 2)
The game, the series, the season and perhaps Cleveland’s future were in jeopardy. LeBron James saved everything. James dropped a 3-pointer at the buzzer, a crowning moment for another one of his brilliant performances, to give Cleveland a 98-95 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night in Game 5, putting the Cavaliers within one victory of advancing in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Game 4: Cavs grind out another tough, physical win (Cavs 2, Pacers 2)
LeBron James scored 32 points and combined with Kyle Korver for all but two of Cleveland’s final 13 points as the Cavaliers escaped with a 104-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday to even the first-round series at two games apiece.

Game 3: Cavs blow 17-point lead in loss (Cavs 1, Pacers 2)
The suits. They did nothing. On the one-year anniversary of a historic playoff collapse against Cleveland, Indiana flipped the script by rallying from a 17-point halftime deficit and held on for a 92-90 victory over the Cavaliers to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. 

RELATED LeBron buys Cavs teammates matching Thom Browne suits ahead of Game three (USA Today)

Game 2: LeBron takes control in series-saving win over Pacers (Cavs 1, Pacers 1)
James scored 46 points and added 12 rebounds as the Cavaliers bounced back from a poor performance in the opener by holding off the Indiana Pacers 100-97. Dazzling from the start, James scored the game’s first 16 points and had 29 at halftime, dominating the way he has in so many previous postseasons.

Game 1: Cavs lose opener at home, let us never speak of it again (Cavs 0, Pacers 1)
Oladipo scored 32 points and the Indiana Pacers held off Cleveland's second-half rally for a stunning 98-80 victory Sunday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series, handing LeBron James and the Cavaliers' their first loss in the opening round in eight years.