Enjoy the euphoria of the Cavs' desperation 109-99 victory in a win-or-go-home Game 6 Friday at The Q. The Cavs did what they had to do to get to where history says they shouldn't want to go - on the road. James was noticeably affected, but stayed on the court to make sure the game didn't get away from them. James is averaging 33.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 8.8 assists and has had seven 40-point games and two-buzzer beaters.
James sat out less than two minutes in the 48-minute contest, taking his first rest with less than a minute to play in the third quarter.
James is again able to become a free agent this season, with the Lakers, 76ers and Rockets among the most-mentioned destinations.
James was asked what will separate the Cavs and Celtics after they've split the first six games of the series.
Love and Tatum inadvertently collided midway through the quarter and both immediately dropped to the floor. Tatum, who was not called for a foul, did not display any adverse effects, and played for the remainder of the game.
One last hurdle was added Saturday when the Cavs ruled Kevin Love out for Sunday with concussion-like symptoms. He will not participate in tonight's Game 7.
So far this series, Love has proven to be a matchup problem for Boston.
He's had a fairly steady 2018 post-season, averaging 14.8 points and 10.4 rebounds but his critics have often insisted he should be doing more.
There is statistical data to support that the Cavaliers have been more effective in the series when Love has been out. George Hill shot 7-12 and finished with 20 points, three rebounds, three assists, and a steal.
In 2014, he had 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in Game 6 for Miami, which went on to win Game 7 and the National Basketball Association title. Hill will be an X-factor in game 7.
"I felt some pain throughout my entire right side of my ankle into my leg", James said.
James finally beat the Celtics after years of being bested by them.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are eyeing their fourth straight appearance in the championship series but are outsiders to triumph despite star man LeBron James in scintillating form. In Games 3, 4 and 6, the Celtics went 0-3 and were outscored by 49 points. As a team, they shot 51% from the field and 43% from three-point range.
When you have a roster as injured and young as the Celtics, even two or three individuals will not be enough to win game seven. We needed that, especially when Kevin went down. They also had 13 turnovers, while Cleveland had only nine.
"We know LeBron is different than a lot of other guys, but we've got to get the job done", Celtics guard Terry Rozier said.
The Celtics need to be moving the ball well, they need to be protecting the ball and they need to be getting all the easy buckets.
After losing the first game of the playoffs to the Pacers, the Cavs have won their past eight home playoff games with James as the engine.
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