Now he's trying to keep this flawed Cavs team alive long enough for another trip to Boston. So it came as a relief to the TD Garden crowd when the 37-year-old sniper never got off the bench in the first quarter of Game 5.
LeBron James avoided what could have been a severe, season-ending injury when Larry Nance Jr. crashed into his right leg in the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 109-99 Game 6 victory over the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals Friday.
This is the sad part: They didn't miss Kyrie that badly.
The Celtics looked giddy.
Boston won its three games at home and the Cavs proved to be unbeatable in Cleveland. Boston dug themselves a hole they weren't able to climb out of when they were outscored by 16 points in the opening quarter of Game 4.
When I remembered the Celtics' record at home this postseason, I guess. Like Friday night's loss, they won't be thinking about them when Game 7 tips off.
- If he deposits 30 more points, Tatum jumps to No. 2, above Alvan Adams (341 points.) In case you're wondering, the 6-9 Adams was a good player for Phoenix from 1975 through 1988, winning the league Rookie of the Year award and averaging 14.7 points and 7.1 rebounds for his career. People can say whatever they want, but two teams have to come out and play.
Rozier dropped 28 points and Jaylen Brown fired27 for the Celtics, who led by 5 at the end of a spirited first quarter before James totally took over. "That's all we're anxious about". "It's not. But we're looking forward to it; we have to come out aggressive and make things happen".More news: Nick Cave And Warren Ellis Scoring HBO's The Case Against Adnan Syed
"[It's going to be] Chaotic".
"I have a drive", LeBron said. "And that's saying a lot because the Garden can get pretty loud".
"It's just basketball for me", he added. That's the best recovery that you can possibly get, is when you're sleeping. The key will be how the Celtics and their suffocating defense, that has held James in check at home, do on the road.
It's been quite the Jekyll and Hyde act for the Celtics depending on the game's locale. I have a passion for the game, and while I have the opportunity to lace my shoes up and put a uniform on, then I try to go out and do my job to the best of my ability. "You have to be ready for a dog fight". But the moment will not be too big for these them on Sunday, not for a team that has battled adversity all season.
James was asked how the physical setback compared to when he rolled his ankle in Game 4 of the 2015 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls and stayed in the game to hit a buzzer-beater to win it.
These young, upstart Boston Celtics are one tough team who thrives at home.