If Boston looks to clinch the series, they'll have to continue to get production from the core that has got them to this point.
Two hours before game time, an assistant coach opened his Apple laptop and sat with Semi Ojeleye, a muscular and athletic 6-foot-7 rookie.
"This is the first series I've been a part of where both teams play completely different on the road", Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson said.
Terry Rozier played out of his mind Friday scoring 28 points on 10-of-16 shooting with seven assists and three rebounds. "We couldn't make. And if you don't make, it's going to come back to bite you". "That's no excuse, so we're looking forward to it".
Even though he is a member of the Celtics, Kobe surely recognizes and appreciates Tatum's outstanding feel for the game and advanced offensive repertoire.
The game began ominously for the Cavs as Love was forced to leave following his violent collision with Tatum. Now, the series goes to a Game 7, or as James calls it, "the best two words in sports", in Boston.
James' teams are 5-2 in Game 7s.
As Love stayed down, the Cavs huddled around him. This was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason. He sat the final 57.3 seconds of the third quarter and returned for the fourth with the Cavs ahead 83-73. Dropped to 1-4 in Game 6s over the last four postseasons. Cedi Osman replaced him at that point. "But I think everybody at this point is exhausted or worn down". "I have a love of the game. I know what's at stake the next game".
Of course, LeBron hasn't gone 12-9 in elimination games just because he's lucky.
"The blind faith, and I say that complimentary, the blind faith they have in him is incredible", he said. "But I think just by doing that, it was a change that worked in our favor".
It's now or never for the Cavaliers as they face an elimination game tonight at home against Boston.
"I was able to go [to the Finals] four straight [times in Miami], and three straight since I've been back here", James added. He shot 17-of-33 on Friday and 7-of-11 at the line.
"No question in my mind that he'll bounce back", Lue said. "It doesn't get any better than that", he said. With an already depleted roster that was missing Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, the Celtics needed their players to step up and make some noise in the playoffs.