Boston's win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night brought down the curtain on the postseason's second round-one that wasn't exactly loaded with drama, since it was the first time since 2002 that none of the NBA's four conference semifinal series went past five games.
The Golden State Warriors-Houston Rockets Western Conference finals now have a decade-high average asking price of $965.
Everyone gets to catch their collective breaths for a few days, with the league going dark until the weekend.
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 11: LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket past Marcus Morris of the Boston Celtics during the first quarter of a game at TD Garden on February 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. And James is looking to reach the NBA Finals for the eighth straight time.
ANY list of anything this time of year basically has to start with LeBron James, still generally considered the best player on the planet even at 33 years old and in his 15th National Basketball Association season.
Boston had a chance to defeat Cleveland in last year's Eastern Conference Finals, but they lost in five games in a series that wasn't close. Al Horford is third on the team with 17 points per game. He's fifth in playoff wins with 152, behind only Derek Fisher (161), Tim Duncan (157), Robert Horry (155) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (154).
Harden does tend to shoot poorer from the field during playoff time, however, and that undoubtedly hurts his teams especially since many possessions end with him hoisting up a shot. Boston lost their top two players to season-ending injuries, and Cleveland traded almost half their roster in February.
This season's playoff run has been very different than that of last season.
A Youngstown, Ohio, native, Rozier grew up watching James and the Cavaliers battle Celtics teams that included Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce back in the day when the Celtics got the better of those playoff matchups.
HOUSTON'S James Harden seems like the probable victor of the NBA's MVP award this season, with the only other realistic candidate for top honors probably LeBron James.
Regardless, they could wind up adding to a recent trend. Cleveland is a -300 favorite - bet $300 to win $100 - to win the series.
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Rozier made it 113-109 with his free throws but then a J.J. Reddick's three pointer got the 76ers back to one point with 3.8 seconds left.
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Do the Celtics have an answer for LeBron James? Tickets to the three games set for Quicken Loans Arena have an average asking price of $444, and at $369, Game 3 is the cheapest in either the East or West.
Game 3: Saturday, May 19, 8:30 p.m.
Another strategy is to avoid allowing James to cheat by guarding limited offensive players such as Aron Baynes. But focusing too much on the absences of Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward distracts from the truth: Stevens always has gotten the most out of what he's had to work with, and this season is just another example.
Golden State seemed to answer any questions about their ability to get back to the finals in the second round, as well.
That's even more pronounced in this round. Teams can open up cap space, trade for stars and generally do anything it takes if LeBron shows a semblance of interest.
Tatum averaged 14 points on 48 percent shooting, 5 rebounds and almost 2 assists during the regular season, becoming one of the main players in a Celtics team that finished 2nd in the Eastern Conference with 55 wins.
THE NBA Finals start on May 31.
How many big plays did Marcus Smart, the team's lightning rod at both ends of the floor, make in crunch time during the series?
The Cavs come into this Game 1 matchup with all the confidence in the world after sweeping the Toronto Raptors.