The View From Pluto

The Cavs play game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night against a familiar foe – The Golden State Warriors. The two teams are playing for the title for the fourth consecutive year.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says this Cavs team is much different than the one that lost in the Finals last year. Most notably, the team successfully moved on from Kyrie Irving in a big trade that initially went bust.

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The Cavs are in Boston tonight for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series is tied 2-2, with both teams winning their home games.

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says the Celtics are undefeated, 9-0, at TD Garden, while the Cavs have lost just once at the Q.

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The Cavs lost against the Boston Celtics to fall 0-2 in the series. LeBron James scored a triple double with 42 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to overcome a strong second half by Boston. James’ dominance in the playoffs over the years has taken its toll on a number of NBA coaches, including his own.

In the first round, the Cavs struggled to beat the Pacers in a series that went seven games.  In the Eastern Conference semi-finals, Cleveland swept Toronto in four games. The big question is at  what point did things really change for the team?

The Cavs had a stunning come-from-behind win over the Toronto Raptors in the opening game of their Eastern Conference semifinals, winning 113-112 in overtime.

Notably, the Cavs scored eight points in overtime without any help from LeBron James, making Tuesday’s victory a true team effort.

“LeBron said he was tired and he looked it. If you heard that you'd think they were in trouble. They were in trouble, but they pulled out of it,” said WKSU sports commentator Terry Pluto. “It was a huge upset for the Cavs in Toronto.”

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