"I felt some pain in my right leg from the inside of my knee down to my ankle".
Game 7 will be played on Sunday in Boston. The team went 21-23 from the free throw line with Tatum and Brown each going 7-8 from the line.
Love went out with a head injury in the first quarter, forcing Lue to juggle his rotations and keep James on the floor longer than he wanted to. One play can change the whole game, and we just have to be keyed in all of our coverages and all the plays we're running.
It was just another night James just had it like that.
James has been within the finals yearly since 2011 - 4 with Miami, and now 4 straight with Cleveland. He's proven that time and time again, and the Celtics may wish they had him if they finish off the Cavs. The matchup has generated some of his greatest playoff successes and some his greatest playoff disappointments. James connected on contested and off balance runners, step-back jumpers, a putback that rolled completely around the rim and in and then back-to-back 3s to put the game away in the fourth quarter. It was the most he has scored in an elimination game and only three points shy of his playoff career high of 49. He made the most of his opportunity, getting 20 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in 34 minutes. The key will be how the Celtics and their suffocating defense, that has held James in check at home, do on the road.
This series carries wide-ranging implications. He has not missed the Finals since 2010 and is 5-2 in Game 7s, his last loss coming in 2008 against the Celtics, coincidentally.
3-Point Goals: 12-28, .429 (Rozier 6-10, Morris 2-3, Brown 2-5, Tatum 1-3, Smart 1-4, Baynes 0-1, Horford 0-2).
"For me I think I look forward to seeing us respond on Friday night", James said. That's the only thing I can worry about right now.
"It's like a typical playoff Boston game". You have to worry about Game 6.
As for the notion that he's tired, James has always logged heavy playoff minutes. He is playing 40.5 minutes per game and has played more minutes than anyone this postseason (649 total).
Boston had taken the early advantage, leading 25-20 by the end of the first quarter, but the Cavs made a tremendous fightback, a James three-pointer eight minutes into the second giving Cleveland their first lead of the night.
Despite the fact that the Cavaliers head coach has struggled to find consistent production from James' supporting cast throughout the Eastern Conference Finals, Lue didn't appreciate it when a Cleveland reporter asked him if he knows what to expect from the other guys.
"I had my moments".
"I had my moments, but I think everybody at this point is exhausted, worn down whatever the case may be", he said. "But it has nothing to do with the guys that didn't play because I think all those guys are ready to help when called upon and have great attitudes and have been great teammates and prepared just as hard and well for their time as the guys who did".
There's no room for fatigue with Cleveland's season in jeopardy.
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