LeBron, Cavs push Celtics to Game 7

26 May, 2018, 09:01 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • NBA: Celtics push James, Cavs to brink with Game 5 win

Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers players had to be separated during a brief scuffle in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Tatum doesn't care. His thoughts are consumed by the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, the Eastern Conference Finals and needing one more victory to advance the Celtics to the NBA Finals. It sure has looked at times as though he relishes these moments, though James said otherwise at Cavaliers shootaround Friday. We have this work ethic and you see him every day putting in the work, putting his mind, his body into it. You just move on, and you get ready for the next one and you play it as well as you can, and I think one of the strengths of this team has been moving on.

James played the first 35 minutes of the game before heading to the bench for his lone bit of rest, with 57.3 seconds left in the third (he already had 32, 7 and 7). Terry Rozier had his best game of the series with 28 points, including 6-of-10 on 3s, and Jaylen Brown put in 27, the Celtics' starting backcourt combining to shoot 21-of-34. "We've just played really bad in Boston, and they probably feel the same way with how they played in Cleveland".

James led the way for the Cavs with 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Baynes hardly played the second half and finished with zero points and four rebounds in 18 minutes.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he had not spoken to Irving since the series started. "How often do you guys hear tape on somebody or read a quote sheet where they say, "Coach said this and this happened" or 'Coach did this.' I am telling you, I cover the league and have been around a lot of teams, you don't hear it a lot". The Cavs have struggled to create shots outside of James, but when he's playing this well, it splits the difference. Granted, I know the offensive totals of Ojeleye would not be why it's Korver on Ojeleye - at least from the Cleveland point of view.

Discussion after Game 5 was centered squarely on how LeBron James ran out of gas and how rookie Jason Tatum ran circles around the aging superstar. "Here, we're trying to knock off a group with a number of champions and a generational player".

Love did not return to the game. The Cavaliers will have to replicate their efforts from Games 3 and 4 to extend their season.

Celtics: Own a 37-0 record when leading a series 2-0. "I'm pretty sure a lot of guys are exhausted".

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