Boston Celtics have to expect vintage James in game six

Boston Celtics have to expect vintage James in game six

Boston Celtics have to expect vintage James in game six

The Cleveland Cavaliers could not win a pivotal road Game 5 against the Boston Celtics, as they lost 96-83 Wednesday night.

"I was able to go [to the Finals] four straight [times in Miami], and three straight since I've been back here", James added. Cleveland turned the ball over 15 times during the game and shot just 9-for-34 from downtown.

This was a sloppy game by both teams.

And if the rumors are true, this could be James' final game with the Cavaliers in Cleveland. LeBron has an option to leave the Cavs after this season and is sick of the team relying exclusively on his performances to advance in the playoffs, as he's getting minimal assistance from the rest of the squad.

However, now that the end of the season is near, it's even more pertinent to brood on what a Cleveland loss prior to making the NBA Finals would mean for LeBron's future.

If the first five games of the Eastern Conference Finals are any indication, the Game 6 result isn't hard to predict.

So, yes, the stakes couldn't be higher.

"Our focus - LeBron's focus - is to win", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. "I know he'll be great come tomorrow".

The Celtics have two chances to go to their first Finals since 2010 - the a year ago a non-LeBron team represented the East.

Again, if the rumors are to be believed and James is on his way out of Cleveland again, history has a shot at coming pretty close to repeating itself here.

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"I don't enjoy being in the position where it's you lose and go home", LeBron said before Game 6 tonight in Cleveland.

James' numbers were strong - he scored 26 points with 10 rebounds and five assists on 11-of-22 shooting - but his energy seemed to lag at times, and it might have contributed to his six turnovers. So maybe James has had to overcome some of Lue's learning curve in his third year as an National Basketball Association head coach?

Kevin Love was the only other Cavaliers player who scored in double figures in Game 5. For now Boston has found something that works: a return to the defense-first spiritual identity it developed with Baynes in its starting lineup during the year and an abbreviated rotation to support it. The Cavaliers made 15 turnovers compared to eight for the Celtics.

"Aron was great tonight", Horford said of his frontcourt mate.

Boston won the rebounding battle 45-39.

Tatum was rewarded for his first-year-accomplishments Tuesday, earning a near-unanimous spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

"We've got a lot of tough guys on our team", Stevens said.

So far in the conference finals, James has averaged 30.8 points, 8.2 assists, and 7.4 rebounds per game.

"His talent, his composure, where he comes from, has allowed him to be successful", said James, whose Cavs are locked in a 2-2 series with the C's. "But I don't think that's specific - not like there's multiple times where we necessarily missed Jayson on that".

"I can't say that on camera".

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