He was helped off and walked to the bench unsteadily before heading to the locker room for further treatment and evaluation. How much more can he do? And with Houston just one win away from dethroning Golden State in the West, James likely smells blood in the water. This was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason. Cleveland finished Game 6 with just 22 percent of its shots coming from downtown — a rate that ranked in the eighth percentile for any single game this season. Life without Love exited Game 6 just five minutes into the action after colliding head-to-head with.
Hope they enjoyed it while it lasted. His plus-14 was tied for the second-best on the team. I have a love of the game. Before Game Seven tips off, a look at the decisions and adjustments each team is facing. He scored 20 points -- a 2018 playoff high, in Game 6.
Keep in mind, he played 46 minutes less than 48 hours prior. Jayson Tatum 24 points and Al Hoford 17 points carried Boston throughout the game, but they couldn't overcome poor performances from Terry Rozier four points, 2-of-14 shooting, three turnovers and Jaylen Brown 13 points, 5-of-18 shooting. Plus-24 — George Hill may have only had six points, two assists, and two rebounds, but the starting point guard did so much more than what showed up in the box score. Jeff Green gave James the help he needed, scoring 19 points and grabbing eight rebounds. LeBron James 23 points, 12 rebounds, five assists made just about every play possible in the third, from perfect passes to transition blocks.
Boston's improbable run through the postseason without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will now take the Celtics back home, where they play with more intensity, togetherness and before fans hungry to see an 18th title banner raised to their arena's rafters. Does it always work out? James has said he'll sit down after the season ends to decide next move, and he's already being courted in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York where fans can only dream of him joining their rosters. The Cavs opened up an early double-digit Friday night in Game 6 and held it throughout, cruising to a and setting up a Game 7 showdown. Where is still playing like LeBron James, the Celtics have found heroics from unexpected places throughout these playoffs, specifically rookie. They also have to be more careful with the ball and not turn it over. What's that say about your coach then? We avoided Tony Brothers and that is a good thing.
Jayson Tatum scored 24, Al Horford scored 17 and Marcus Morris added 14 points with 12 rebounds for the Celtics, who were looking to return to the Finals for the first time since 2010. It's just something that you really can't explain what he's doing night in, night out. Here we are, for the second time this season, a Cavs Game 7. It starts from the top to the bottom. A Game 7 for a right to play for a title. Cleveland has just a 96.
Shooting from Deep Another potential pitfall of the Thompson-Green combo is the lack of shooting it leaves Cleveland on the floor. Got fat fingers, be easy on my typos! He was dominant in Game 2, scoring 42 points and nothing a triple-double with 12 assists and 10 rebounds. There's the team's finals streak three , LeBron's Finals streak seven , and the cloud that won't go away of whenever the Cavs play their last game, it could be James' last wearing their uniform. So maybe the Cavs can have a good defense when it actually matters? We should relish the opportunity and have fun with it. Boston has found success putting Smart on Tristan Thompson — who has more turnovers two than field goals made one in the matchup. While knocking down 7-of-14 shots, the versatile forward had 19 points, eight rebounds, one assist, and one block while also doing plenty of things on the defensive end of the floor as well. If Tatum and the Celtics are able to snap a three-game losing streak by beating the best team in the Eastern Conference, well, it's.
For the Celtics, their youth may be a problem as they lack experience in this type of pressure game. On average, Bob Dylan is 42 years old. Delivering another performance for the ages, James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat the Celtics 109-99 on Friday night to force a decisive climax to this back-and-forth series. And with Houston just one win away from dethroning Golden State in the West, James likely smells blood in the water. One half of Game 7 in the books! He once said he couldn't play 48 minutes in a playoff game. He was dominant in Game 2, scoring 42 points and nothing a triple-double with 12 assists and 10 rebounds. The Celtics need to make it hard on the Cavs on every possession and hope they wear down by the end.
After this moment, the Cavs outscored the Celtics, 16-10. We needed that, especially with Kevin going down. The long-standing belief is teams with the most talented players win. The Cavs are 11-10 this season without Love in the lineup, but that includes a 121-99 win in Boston. With Nance playing the final 13 minutes of Game 6, Boston exhumed rather than going back to Baynes. The Celtics were still within seven in the final three minutes before James made consecutive 3-pointers, punctuating the second by pounding his chest with both fists and screaming along with 20,562 others. Irving also talked at length about -- specifically the younger players -- following Saturday's loss to the Orlando Magic.
After a masterful 44 point performance in Game Six, James is averaging 33. The Celtics have tried , , Rozier, Brown, Tatum and others to slow him but the best bet still remains Marcus Morris. One explanation for this deficiency is a drop in usage rate as Cleveland has increased its matchup-hunting tendencies away from Quicken Loans Arena. And, of course, he left once before in 2010, bolting for Miami. Their assists are usually down in their losses and up in their wins. Both have had their flaws exploited. Something has to give tonight when the Celtics host the Cavs in a winner-take-all Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.