When Kevin Durant joined the Warriors in the offseason, everybody knew they would end up in the Finals. Now we’re here, and to no one’s surprise, Golden State reached the Finals for a third straight year and are considered heavy favorites to win it all.
Boston, an underdog in the Eastern Conference finals despite being the No. 1 seed, followed up an embarrassing 44-point trouncing in Game 2 with an inspiring 111-108 win against the defending champion Cavaliers on Sunday without its two-time All-Star floor general, Isaiah Thomas. Afterward, Stevens could’ve passed out game balls indiscriminately. Avery Bradley hit the game-winner, rolling in a 3-pointer from the wing on a beautifully executed play that left the Cavs with no time to counter. Marcus Smart had an out-of-body experience, knocking down seven 3-pointers, something he’d only done once in his career and never at a 70 percent clip. Kelly Olynyk, a hero in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, awoke from hibernation having scored a combined two points in Games 1 and 2 against Cleveland to drop 15 points off the bench.
But none of them impacted the game in quite the same way as Jerebko, a 6-10, 231-pound Swede with six years’ experience under his belt.
Jerebko, a healthy scratch in four straight games before logging 16 minutes in Game 2, was one of six Celtics to finish in double figures in scoring. He added 10 points on 4-for-4 shooting from the field, including five in the fourth quarter, two of which came on a game-tying 22-footer from the corner with 30 Cheap Jerseys America seconds remaining to help set the stage for Bradley’s big Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China shot. Jerebko also pulled down five rebounds to go along with a block and an assist.