LeBron James is back in a Game 7 for the eighth time in his legendary career as the Cavs will face the Celtics on Sunday night with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.
The Cavaliers avoided elimination and now it's Golden State's turn if the teams want to meet in a fourth straight Finals.
James weathered an early storm by the visiting C's, and took over the game by playing point-center with an energetic, defensively active reserve-heavy second unit early in the second quarter.
In Boston, where the Celtics are flawless so far this postseason. "Two teams have to come out and play".
The Cavaliers posted an update on Love's condition Saturday, saying he was evaluated prior to the team's flight to Boston and was reportedly experiencing concussion symptoms.
"The love of the game", James said, explaining his reaction.
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. "Understanding the situation and understanding the moment that you're in".
That machine was on full display in Game 6 Friday night, unleashing a monstrous display of domination.
"I just go out and play my game", he said. Limiting their impact will be among the chief goals for the Celtics heading into Sunday's Game 7 matchup.
Coach Brad Stevens expects to see a resilient Boston squad as the Celtics try to clinch an NBA Finals berth for the first time in 8 years. They played for Kevin. "Obviously, getting a couple of minutes [of rest] per quarter would be great, but that's not what our team is built on right now".
"So nothing there as far as to be concerned about", Stevens said. One thing is for certain: he will be rested. "I've always said Game 7 is the best two hours in sports, so let's go have fun with it". Thompson had 20. Neither player was extremely effective, and the same could be said for every Cavalier aside from LeBron James and Kyle Korver. Now in his 15th National Basketball Association season, James has avoided a major injury.
He'll have to come up clutch once again when they face the Celtics in Boston for Game 7 this Sunday. If The Machine can churn out one more game for the ages, he'll bring the Cavs home.
But another title would ease the pain even more. ESPN is included in the Hulu Live TV package so you'll be able to quickly join in time to watch the Cavs Celtics Game 6 battle online. Then, with the stops and turnovers, use those young legs to get out in transition and get a few easy buckets, force cross-matches and take advantage.
"We have one game to be able to compete for a championship, and what more could you ask for?" "We know it's challenging".
"I'm for sure going to find a Chipotle in Boston, I'll tell you that", he said. "I wish the best for Kevin Love because he's a great player".