Cavs coach Tyronn Lue: LeBron James will be great in Game 6

Doug Mendoza
May 26, 2018

He finished with 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, that included two incredible dagger 3-pointers in the final minutes. The Rockets lead the Western Conference finals 3-2. James has worn it for seven straight seasons, from Miami to Cleveland, and he has shown no desire to relinquish it willingly despite the supporting cast he's saddled with.

"Well, initially, he's been putting Ojeleye in", Lue said of Stevens after the game Wednesday.

Not only were the Cavs facing elimination, but the contest could very well mark LeBron James' final home game in Cleveland. He can be a free agent at season's end and will consider coming back to the Cavs as well as a host of other options.

He had a 46-point, 12-rebound outing and a 45-point Game 7 against IN in games where he didn't make a buzzer-beater.

But the Celtics may have let one get away on Friday, and though they're 10-0 at home in these playoffs, anything can happen in a Game 7, especially with the best player in the world on the other side. He lost Game 6 in the East semifinals in 2010 to the Celtics and was soon on his way to joining the Heat.

Midway through the first, a double-team on Horford resulted in a short jumper for Marcus Morris.

On one possession, early in the third quarter, James finished a fast break with a layup, only to rush back on defense and deliver one of his signature chasedown blocks against Celtics guard Terry Rozier.

"That guy amazes me every night", Hill said.

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LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers face a 3-2 series deficit in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Celtics fought back, made it a seven-point game and had a chance to cut the margin to four, but Jaylen Brown's trey with four minutes left caught only iron.

Although they're unbeaten at home in the playoffs, Rozier said the Celtics can't afford to be complacent. The three-time champion played the first 35 minutes without a break and then endured the final eight while nursing a right leg.

This series, in which home court has meant everything, will have a fitting conclusion Sunday at TD Garden, where the Celtics are 10-0 this postseason.

Game 7 is on Sunday. The Cavs had a similar victory when they returned to Quicken Loans Arena, taking a 34-19 lead into the second quarter and winning Game 3 by 30 points. Overall, Boston was efficient, shooting 51.4 percent from the floor and also managed to convert 42.9 percent of their three-point opportunities.

Kevin Love: Love collided with Tatum in the first quarter on Friday and took the worst of it. You can't go out and try to look pretty.

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 NY where fans can only dream of him joining their rosters.

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