Cavaliers avoid elimination, force a Game 7 against the Celtics: 3 takeaways

Sherman Parsons
May 28, 2018

LeBron James' 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists on Friday (May 25) night carried the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 109-99 win over the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, tying the NBA Eastern Conference finals at 3-3. Even as the springy Rozier launched at the basket in transition, James simply rose up and smothered the attempt late in the third quarter.

"It was asked of me tonight to play the whole game", he said after the game, per ESPN.

"It's just basketball for me", he added.

He also received support from point guard George Hill's 20 points and bench players Jeff Green and Nance Jr with 14 and 10 points respectively.

"My plan is to play one game at a time and see how I feel after that game". Yeah, like every time we're out there,"Stevens said of James' greatness".

This has been the most grueling playoff run in the four years since James returned to the Cavs.

Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Boston 31 (Horford 9), Cleveland 44 (James 11). "Nothing is easy, and we understand that".

Tatum had a dunk over James with 6:41 left - and stared down the Cavaliers star and bumped him along with his chest - after which adopted it with a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead.

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LeBron James had another unbelievable performance to help the Cavaliers force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals. He played the game's first 35 minutes before resting, expending enormous energy to keep the Cavs alive.

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Within the first shut sport of the collection - and the lowest-scoring - James performed all 48 minutes and had 12 of his factors within the fourth quarter for his sixth straight Recreation 7 win.

However, now that the end of the season is near, it's even more pertinent to brood on what a Cleveland loss prior to making the NBA Finals would mean for LeBron's future.

LeBron James squeezed every last ounce of effort from his misfiring Cleveland team mates on Sunday to lead the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals.

With the Cavs' backs against the wall, James pushed the issue all night to fight out of the corner, attacking Celtics defenders big and small with an array of moves off the bounce, in the half-court and in transition. That took the Cavs from being behind 25-20 to a 46-37 lead.

"I felt some pain throughout my entire right side of my ankle into my leg", he said.

It LeBron is a series of incredible long distance shots are not allowed the "Boston" in the final quarter to develop your small success when the Celtics several times reduced the gap to seven points. Terry Rozier had his best game of the series with 28 points, including 6-of-10 on 3s, and Jaylen Brown put in 27, the Celtics' starting backcourt combining to shoot 21-of-34.

The Cavs didn't miss Love much, after he banged heads with Tatum in the first quarter and was ruled out for the night at halftime.

"The great quote from the great Doc Rivers is, 'You always want to go into the Game 7 with the best player, ' and we have the best player on our team going into a Game 7".

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