Celtics vs. Cavaliers - Game Recap

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.

However, OddsShark's opening line has James and the Cleveland Cavaliers as two-point underdogs to the Boston Celtics for Game 7 of the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals.

The Boston Celtics, reinvigorated by a return home, beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday (May 23) to move within one win of reaching the NBA Finals.

On that Miami team, James had a lot of help. James has three of them.

You can't put all this on James. J.R. Smith sank a floater to make it 63-50, and George Hill followed with a jumper of his own.

"If I had to pick one guy and choose one guy to prevail, it would be LeBron", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. We've got to play well, and we understand that. I like what we've done the last three games defensively, even Game 5 in Boston yesterday.

James has played more minutes than any other player this postseason at 648. Instead of attempting to block Tatum's shot, James hit the brakes.

Tatum, however, missed out on joining Philadelphia 76ers point guard Simmons and Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell in receiving a unanimous selection as one voter chose not to include him on his first-team ballot. The Cavs were ahead by just seven when he knocked down consecutive 3s - the second with 1:40 left - and he converted a layup and was fouled with 57 seconds left for a 109-97 advantage.

If the Celtics can ride the synergy of their bigger starting lineup to a victory in one of the next two games, they'll be headed to the NBA Finals. "I'm pretty sure a lot of guys are exhausted".

Cavaliers: Improved to 6-2 in elimination game since 2015.

Not everybody spends a million and a half dollars a year to keep his body in shape.

"You have to play desperate every game to win every game", Stevens said.

James, on many occasions this postseason, has shown that he possesses superpowers.

James finished with 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists.

Kevin Love, with 14 points, was the only other player to score in double figures for the Cavs, who host game six on Friday trying to stay on track for a fourth straight trip to the Finals. They studied annotated film from the last game.

James said that doesn't concern him. I know he'll be great tomorrow, and then after that we'll see.

The Celtics played two pretty bad games in Cleveland earlier this series when they were pounded by 30 in Game 3 and didn't recover from a slow first quarter in a 111-102 loss in Game 4.

James isn't going to go away quietly. 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.

  • Julie Sanders