(photo:  Reuters)

(photo: Reuters)

By Ynet and Reuters - May 27, 2015

Originally appeared here on Ynetnews.com

Israeli basketball coach David Blatt is taking the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA finals, after his team crushed the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 on Tuesday to complete a 4-0 sweep of the Eastern Conference Final.

LeBron James scored a game-high 23 points as the Cavs advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2007, where they will play either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets. The NBA Finals start on June 4.
"We've worked our tails off all season to get to the this point, and to be able to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA finals is the ultimate, especially in this city," James said in a courtside interview. "We'll be ready to go."

The Cavs were bolstered by the return of point guard Kyrie Irving, who had missed the last two games with a knee injury. Irving played 22 minutes and scored 16 points.
A jubilant Blatt paid tribute to his team, and reminded fans of the sacrifices he himself has made.
"I know it's hard for people to understand because they don't really know well my path and career. But you know this also is a new situation for me and a new place for me," Blatt said. Read More