The next year, after winning a Game 7 over the Pacers in Miami with 32 points, eight rebounds and four assists on 15-of-16 shooting at the free throw line, James faced elimination at home against the Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. In his career, James has the highest scoring average in elimination games for any player with over three such appearances in National Basketball Association history.
LEBRON James has pulled out one of the greatest individual performances of his career to will Cleveland to a deciding game seven in their Eastern Conference Finals clash with Boston. Tonight's game is in Boston.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens believes the Cavaliers are unsafe even without Love.
After rumblings that he "looked tired" during Game 5, the 33-year-old proved he had enough left in the tank for at least Game 6.
The Cavaliers were able to win Game 6, with Love playing only five minutes, but trying to do that on the road, is a completely different beast.
As the Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to clinch a trip to a fourth straight NBA Finals, they'll be without one of their top players.
James didn't know until after the game that teammate Larry Nance Jr. had banged into him. "Two teams have to come out and play".
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"I just got it like that", James said. James typically banishes nostalgia to a back shelf in his head to savor after his career is over, but he has taken extra time to savor the ride a little.
The Cavaliers posted an update on Love's condition Saturday, saying he was evaluated prior to the team's flight to Boston and was reportedly experiencing concussion symptoms.
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Was the final score of this one pretty?
"I didn't see him coming, it was bad", Tatum said. Although his replacement, Jeff Green, put up 14 points Friday night, the Cavs' role players have struggled to find an offensive groove at the TD Garden.
"We needed him to be big, and he was big", said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. As soon as I get home, I'll start my treatment.
With injuries to some key pieces, the Celtics have basically gone with a seven-man rotation against the Cavaliers - bringing Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart off the bench. It's winner-take-all, in the gym where the Cavs have been unable to do anything but play patsy for the Celtics and their ravenous fans. "You've got to be able to handle a punch or two", he said. The Celtics know that they can come together and beat James at his best, but they need each and every player to do it.
If you're going to basketball war, there is nobody better to have leading the charge than the most flawless basketball machine ever created - even if he might be a little winded.