Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Is LeBron a hero if heavily favored Cavaliers beat upstart Celtics?

Is LeBron a hero if heavily favored Cavaliers beat upstart Celtics?

Lue coaxing his team to score more points is to plead for everyone on his team not named LeBron James to contribute.

"He looked a little exhausted to me", Lue said. In 2012, he faced a Game 6 elimination in Boston and scored 45 points with 15 rebounds and five rebounds as Miami won.

"I was able to go [to the Finals] four straight [times in Miami], and three straight since I've been back here", James added.

"Not at all", he said. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 41 percent from the field but they were sloppy with the ball, committing a total of 15 turnovers and they were outscored at the free-throw line by 21-12.

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This was Tatum's ninth 20-point game of the postseason; he now sits fourth on the NBA's all-time list of most postseason points by a rookie with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (352) in his sights if Boston can extend its playoff run.

And with the series tied 2-2, Cleveland remained the favorite (-190). Wednesday's outing was his 98th game of the season, two shy of his career high of playing 100 games in the 2010-11 season, which included six games in the NBA Finals. Baynes has had trouble dealing with LeBron James while defending in the pick-and-roll, and Cleveland had success using James to attack him in isolation on several occasions in Game 5.

"At one point we had two opportunities to cut it to single digits and missed some really good looks, two three-pointers". I could go through the rest of the roster, but we know that when the non-LeBron Cavs struggle to contribute, they're doomed. The Celtics are now back in the drivers' seat as they have home-court advantage and the series lead but they've lost six of their seven road games in these playoffs while the Cavaliers have won seven of their eight home games in these playoffs.

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

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When told about Tatum being left off one of the first-team ballots, Boston head coach Brad Stevens couldn't understand it and believed there could only be one explanation.

Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald brings word from Pierce, who predicted that the 20-year-old forward is "going to be one of the great players in Celtic history". "He's going to continue to get better".

The Cavs got off to a rocky start, with five first-quarter turnovers almost matching their seven field goals.

The Celtics held a 53-42 advantage at half thanks to their strong defense and solid shooting from downtown. Nance to jump up and body checked him; Morris responded with a one-handed shove to the face.

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Now, Houston have an a massive chance to finally claim their first series lead in the Western Conference Finals over the Warriors. The Warriors are hoping for the return of Andre Iguodala , who's missed the last two games, both losses, with a knee injury.

"At the end of the day, it's incredibly hard to beat a good team in the National Basketball Association one time, and our focus is on what we need to do to give ourselves the best chance at being successful tomorrow night", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said when asked about the emotional roller coaster of what's coming for James in Game 6.

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