Monday, 15 October, 2018

LeBron's 35 lifts Cavs past Celtics, back into NBA Finals

Kevin Love out for Game 7 vs. Celtics with concussion-like symptoms James pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics
Eugene Bates | 31 May, 2018, 20:56

"I have learned probably everything alongside possibly the best player to have played this game", said Green. "Now I have got to get into the postseason'".

Nonetheless, it should be inspiring for them to have made it that far without two All-Star players; the Celtics should be motivated by their being one win away from a NBA Finals berth. Both defenses played well, but the shots were just not falling for both teams for much of the game. James had 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in Sunday's Game 7 win, snatching the hearts from the Celtics and their fans with step-back 3s, incredible blocks and back-breaking clutch baskets.

The possibility existed that a loss Sunday would have been James' last game with the Cavaliers.

Before Friday night's game, Cleveland coach Ty Lue told his team (and others), "Three, three, three", meaning their season had either three hours, three days or three weeks remaining.

"We said we want to do this for Kevin, " Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

The Cavs didn't exactly miss Love in his absence against Boston.

Commentators Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mike Breen (from left to right) smile ahead of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Love is averaging 13.9 points and 10.0 rebounds this postseason.

Given the turmoil within the team, the roster turnover at the trade deadline and the inconsistent play all season long, some are saying that getting the 2018 Cavs to the NBA Finals is the greatest accomplishment of LeBron's storied career.

The Cavaliers will face the victor of tomorrow's game seven Western Conference final between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors. The four-time MVP averaged 34 points while shooting 54.2 percent from the field, 9.2 rebounds and 8.8 assist over 41.3 minutes in 18 playoff games.

"We've been really fortunate to continuously get better the last couple of seasons... but when it ends, it's painful".

We will have much more coming tonight. Should the Cavaliers lose, James' Finals record will drop to 3-6 - and his critics will pounce again.

The odds had appeared stacked against Cleveland, who came from 3-2 down in the series. I just go out and play my game.

"I think what people don't understand is to succeed it has to be a team effort", an emotional James said after the game.

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