LeBron James describes major injury scare that happened in Game 6

LeBron James describes major injury scare that happened in Game 6

As much as we want to credit LeBron James, and only LeBron James, for willing this tattered version of the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals for the fourth straight season, he reminded us after Sunday's 87-79 Game 7 win over the Celtics that basketball is, in fact, a team game. James logged 46 minutes, bringing his postseason total to a league-high 695. Over the last four seasons, in his second run with the Cavaliers, James has stretched the limits of his long-established greatness, encapsulated by his chase-down of Golden State's Andre Iguodala late in Game 7 of the 2016 finals against Golden State.

The Cavs won at TD Garden for the only time this series, becoming the fifth team in history to win its only game on the road in a series in Game 7.

In the season opener, Jayson Tatum's dunk attempt against LeBron James was blocked. Upon his return from Miami in 2014, James also lobbied for the acquisition of Love, a fine player though unlucky with injuries, the latest being his collision with the Celtics' Jason Tatum early in Game 6 that put him in concussion protocol and left him on the sidelines on Sunday night. The Cavs enter this Game 7 with reinforced conviction after a promising performance from LeBron in Game 6 sans Kevin Love. They just can't let his supporting cast get into a rhythm, too. Jeff Green started in Love's place and scored 19 points.

The veteran Cavs starters received the bulk of the minutes, including all 48 from James, and they were clearly the more composed and confident team as the seconds ticked down and the tension increased. "So they did a good job of really doubling me and making it hard".

"We were short on timeouts, and I was about to take one", he said of the incident.

"We got to be ready to come up with our nose bloodied, we got to be ready to come out with our mouth bloodied, we have to come out ready to fight".

Amid a bunch of blowouts and bad play, both the Eastern and Western Conference are now headed to a 7th and deciding game, and things just don't smell right from both series. "He was outstanding", Stevens said, per's Chris Forsberg. When Rozier went up for the lay-in, James blocked it off the backboard and right to Green. The Celtics know they need to be able to hit their shots tonight, but they don't need some miracle three point shooting night to win this game.

If that doesn't smell enough like victory to you, then consider that Friday's Game 6 was up almost 6% from the Celtics' winning Game 5 of May 23, which also topped that night.