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Pressure’s on James, Cavaliers in Game 6 vs. Celtics

26 May, 2018, 04:26 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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But James also committed six more turnovers with Cavaliers coach Ty Lue allowing that he thought his star looked exhausted in the fourth quarter. "I think that's when I have the most fun, when things are on the line".

The Cavs are in a unsafe spot.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, tied 2-2 in the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals, met the Boston Celtics in Game 5 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (5/23/18).

Game 6 is for everything. The Celtics won the bout 96-83, taking a 3-2 lead in the series. Cleveland has been in three consecutive Finals while James has gone to seven in a row between the Cavs and Miami Heat.

"I don't enjoy being in a position where you lose and go home, but just try to extend the series as long as I can and just try put myself and my team in position to continue to play", he said. At the end of the day, I mean, s-- I'm exhausted. "It just happens because I've been able to play with some great players".

James won't have been helped by recent speculation surrounding his future. We've got two chances to get one, so our mindset is to leave everything on the floor, make it as tough as possible, and this is the moment you've been waiting for. Not only did he provide the team with an offensive spark, the Duke product did it defensively with some key block shots and steals. Now approaching his 99th and 100th games of the season, does this look like a guy ready to carry his team to beat a superior roster twice in the next four days?

He didn't have his usual burst.

In a closeout game six, you better believe he is going to bring something special, because he has never been anything short of spectacular in closeout games. His teammates are draining him.

A Tatum free throw made it an 18-point game with 3:11 to play as James went to the bench for the night. But Tatum has taken his performance to another level in his first National Basketball Association postseason, averaging 18.4 points in 17 games. Solid, but sub-par by his standards and he committed six turnovers and missed some makeable layups.

Brad Stevens opted to swap Marcus Morris out of the starting lineup in favor of Aron Baynes, giving Boston the size to match Cleveland's frontcourt of Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love. "So that's been kind of Kyle's matchup when he comes in the game".

"We are one game away from our ultimate goal of making it", Rozier said.

When facing elimination, James has averaged 33.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game, and his teams have gone 12-9 in those contests.

The Cavs will come in with a similar approach having won both of the previous games in this series that were played in Cleveland. The Celtics were 10-0 in the playoffs at home in 1986. His body has been forced to handle more than he imagined.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have their backs against the wall in the Eastern Conference finals.

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