LeBron back in Boston for another Cavs farewell
LeBron James and the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers won't get any sympathy from the Celtics when they return to Boston for Game 7 (7:30 Ja time tonight) of the Eastern Conference finals.
Already labouring to reach his eighth straight NBA Finals with a supporting crew made mostly of cast-offs and throw-ins, James lost the only other All-Star on the roster yesterday when Kevin Love was declared out for the series finale with a concussion.
Now, in what could be his final game in a Cleveland uniform - again - James will have to do it largely on his own.
In Boston, where the Celtics are perfect so far this postseason.
And in a series where the road team hasn't really even come close.
"There's something different about LeBron, period," Cleveland forward Larry Nance Jr. said after James scored 46 with 11 rebounds and nine assists on Friday night to send the series to a decisive seventh game. "I think (coach Tyronn Lue) said it best: 'We're going into a Game 7 with the baddest dude on the planet on our team.' I like our chances."
James is having what could be the best postseason of his career, averaging 33.9 points and just under nine assists and rebounds, with seven 40-point games, two buzzer beaters, and a sweep of top-seeded Toronto. But he's played in every game this season Sunday will be his 100th and it showed in the Game 5 loss to the Celtics.
He admitted to fatigue afterwards, and then played all but two minutes in Game 6 despite a sore knee from a collision with Nance.
Still, the four-time MVP carried his team even after Love banged heads with Boston's Jayson Tatum in the first half and left the game.
"I can't say enough good things about him," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "Every time we watch. Every time you're standing out there. Every time you watch him on film. Best player in the game."