LeBron James Muscled Cleveland Into The NBA Finals Yet Again

LeBron James Muscled Cleveland Into The NBA Finals Yet Again

When looking at the big picture, this may be the toughest Game 7 of LeBron James' career.

Even if Boston loses in a Game 7 that will have LeBron going to his eight straight finals appearance, the C's will have two All-Stars integrated back into this incredibly balanced roster during the summer. That in the fourth quarter he made 4 of 6 shots, had three rebounds and four assists after he'd played 3,757 minutes this season, more than anyone else in the entire association. It would have been easy to anticipate another big LeBron playoff block, but Tatum continued his surprising season by dunking all over The King. "I think we've seen over and over with this group that we have guys that are built for that".

Lue was asked to reflect on the duality of his team's situation, with Sunday's result determining whether the Cavs become just the fourth team in National Basketball Association history to make it to four consecutive Finals or seeing that string of success snapped and entering an offseason rife with speculation as to the team's future.

The Celtics have had more time to get used to their injuries: Gordon Hayward has been out since the first game of the season, and Kyrie Irving has been sidelined since March.

Asked how the Cavs could help James to rest in play, Lue added: "The last minute or so of each quarter, try to get him out and that way he gets a minute of playing time [off] and three minutes during the timeout". He has enjoyed little support on the.

The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State.

"It was asked of me tonight to play the whole game", he said. "This and Game 7 of the Finals 2016, right there".

That's really not a hard task for a coach who always adheres to the same approach every day of the season.

"The pain is part of the path and we've been really fortunate to continuously get better over the years but when it ends its painful but that is part of the path so we have to let it motivate us", Celtics' coach Brad Stevens said in a news conference following the game. It was just a great locker room, great support of one another. George Hill, the other new Cavalier, was 2-for-6 with six points. Jeff Green with 19 points. But this may have been one of his more remarkable accomplishments. This was the second game in a row that James was one assist away from the triple-double, but there is no doubt he doesn't care, he's moving onto the Finals. Either way, even in victory, there is a sense here that something has shifted, that James' Cavaliers likely won't be the same again. But how much better will they need to be to beat James?