He is averaging 13.9 points per game and 10.0 rebounds during the postseason. With LeBron James' ability to play any position on the court, the Cavs already had the advantage. "We should relish the opportunity and have fun with it".
"I just felt someone fall into my leg, and my leg kind of went in", James said after the game, per James McMenamin of ESPN. George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, J.R. Smith, and Jeff Green missed shot after shot, demoralizing the rest of the team.
His first win in an elimination game came in a Game 6 against the Celtics in the second round 2008.
Terry Rozier paced the Celtics - now 1-6 on the road - with 28 points, and Jaylen Brown had 27.
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.
Both players were hurt, but Love appeared to take the brunt of the blow.
Just like now, James, who played 40+ in 11 of the team's 21 postseason games, was willing to play the entire game if that's what it would take.
"The love of the game causes reactions like that", James said after the Cavaliers' 109-99 victory.
The victor will move on to the championship series against the winner of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, which the Rockets lead 3-2.
In fact, Stevens can compare the feeling of a Game 7 (and he's coached in two other Game 7's, this season in the first round against Milwaukee and last season's conference semifinals against Washington) to what he experienced as coach at Butler in the NCAA tournament.More news: Male student shot teacher, student at Indiana middle school
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Notes: James chose Boston as the place he'll play next.
In Game 6 Friday night, he looked superhuman: gassed up, revved up and souped up.
The five-time All-Star barely had a chance to do anything on Friday night at The Q, and he's out for tonight's Game 7 in Boston after inadvertently cracking heads with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum early in the affair.
Love and Tatum were away from the ball and didn't see each other until it was too late.
But the fact that LeBron isn't so much an elite defender, as he is one of the worst defenders in the National Basketball Association according to certain stats, may just be another feather in the cap for Jordan's GOAT debate. He was helped off and walked to the bench unsteadily before heading to the locker room for further treatment and evaluation. He had to be helped to the sideline and at halftime the Cavaliers said he wouldn't return. They weren't very competitive in any of them - just like Boston had trouble hanging with the Cavs in the three games in Cleveland.
And, of course, he left in 2010. James and Korver seemed to be the only members of this group capable of scoring on a consistent basis.
As they've done all postseason, the Celtics can cover the spread by feeding off the intensity of the Boston crowd.
Celtics: Own a 37-0 record when leading a series 2-0. "Best player in the game". LeBron then spent a minute recapping the tumultuous relationship he's had with sports media for years: "There's not many like you, I tell you".
James also passed Karl Malone for sixth place all-time in playoff rebounds.