National Basketball Association playoffs wrap: May 25

26 May, 2018, 09:00 | Author: Virgil Todd
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I'd be willing to bet that this Cleveland team finishes ten games under.500 without LeBron James on the roster.

So, Lue didnt play his third-best player this series in a pivotal Game 5 because the Celtics didnt play their eighth-best player.

Game 6 of the Boston-Cleveland Eastern Conference finals where the Cavs will try to escape being booted out of further contention is set Friday at their Quicken Loans Arena home in Cleveland. It sure has looked at times as though he relishes these moments, though James said otherwise at Cavaliers shootaround Friday. His always stellar free throw percentage was at 83% though he only got to the line 7.8 times per game (lowest of any championship run for him).

The Celtics' All-Star forward Al Horford was also unusually quiet with just six points while guard Terry Rozier had 28 and Jaylen Brown 27 points. "I was still trying to make plays, put our team in position to win".

A hoard of Celtics surrounded the players before wrapping up Morris and keeping him away from Nance.

It was his seventh 40-point performance of the 2018 playoffs, tying Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan (1989) for second-most 40-point games in a single post-season behind the eight of Jerry West in 1965.

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"Greatness", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "He's going to continue to get better". The Cavs have struggled to create shots outside of James, but when he's playing this well, it splits the difference.

The Cavs announced an hour later at halftime that Love wouldn't return. Not typically one to be outdone, it was James from start to finish in Game 6, and it's fair to assume there will be more to come. "He's just 20 years old and he has a long way to go, but he's just scratching the surface of how great he can really be".

James has played more minutes than any other player this postseason at 648.

Celtics: Own a 37-0 record when leading a series 2-0. "But I think everybody at this point is exhausted or worn down".

There was the running one-hand banker at the buzzer in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the top-seeded Toronto Raptors, ending a night during which he had 38 points.

While the praise for the genius of Celtics head coach Brad Stevens has sometimes bordered on absurd, especially this postseason, Cavaliers coach Ty Lue's postgame press conference should provide a glimpse at the alternatives in today's National Basketball Association.

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