Celtics brace for 'dogfight' vs Cavs in Game 7 at home

Virginia Santiago
May 28, 2018

Given LeBron James has made it to seven consecutive NBA Finals and won five consecutive Game 7s (including one earlier this postseason), it would seem foolish to bet against him Sunday night.

As well as his 35 points, James finished with 15 rebounds and nine assists, while Jeff Green, who made his first start since the opening game of the first round against IN, recorded 19 points and eight rebounds.

Cleveland led for most of the game and when Boston did threaten to get back into it late on, James scored two three-pointers in 43 seconds to give his side control once more. Terry Rozier went 0-for-10 from three-point land while Jaylen Brown went just 3-of-12.

"I mean, the bigger the stage, the bigger the player, and he's been doing it for us since we've been here", said Lue.

It continued James' exceptional run in elimination games in recent years.

LeBron was already putting up MVP-caliber numbers in the regular season, but he's since taken his game to a different level. No disrespect to Bill Russell, who is the greatest victor the sport has ever seen with 11 rings and 10 consecutive Finals appearances, but the game and league now are incomparable to that time period.

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"You're not going to get anywhere by looking ahead or behind", he said after noting how much stamina is required by teams to reach this stage of the postseason.

By the midway point of the second quarter, the Celtics had built up a 12-point lead, and were threatening to run away with the game before halftime.

Love did not return to the game. "Best player in the game, special night tonight.

But the start of Game 4 was a little bit better", said Stevens.

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.

From the Rockets to the Lakers to the Sixers, James has been linked to a plethora of future landing spots despite publicly stating his sole focus is on winning another championship with the Cavs.

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Horford said of James' overall performance, "It's one of those things that I've got to tip my hat off to him".

Cleveland finished with the number four seed and were on the brink of elimination in just the first round as they were taken to seven games by the Indiana Pacers.

James finished the conference finals averaging 33.6 points, after putting up 34 points per game in the conference semifinals and 34.4 points in the first round.

The Cavaliers appeared doomed in the first quarter when the team's All-Star forward, Kevin Love, clashed heads with Boston rookie Jayson Tatum and was forced to the locker room. Jeff Green with 19 points. "You've got to find a way, whatever it takes".

Starting point guard George Hill contributed 20 points. It also didn't help that Al Horford (six points, nine rebounds) basically was a no-show.

As the series shifts to a Game 7, a moment LeBron labels the "best two words in sports", one of the games greatest players may have one more trick up his sleeve.

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