Bulpett: LeBron James not ready to head into offseason, uncertain future

Bulpett: LeBron James not ready to head into offseason, uncertain future

Bulpett: LeBron James not ready to head into offseason, uncertain future

Kevin Love needed to have a big game for the Cleveland Cavaliers to stave off elimination in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but his time on the floor was cut short in a hurry on Friday night. He lost Game 6 in the East semifinals in 2010 to the Celtics and was soon on his way to joining the Heat.

And midway through the final quarter James appeared to suffer a serious right leg injury when team-mate Larry Nance Jr fell on him. "Our team is built on me being out on the floor to be able to make plays, not only for myself but make plays for others". The Celtics scored 11 points on the last five possessions of the period to close it with a 25-20 lead.

"I think out of those six (turnovers in Game 5), maybe three of them were just careless", James told reporters after the game.

Even LeBron James' kids are marveling at his greatness. He especially got a kick out of seeing Paul mock Warriors star Stephen Curry with a shoulder shimmy after making a 3-pointer. Nance took flight while guarded by the Celtics' Marcus Morris. James has won the last five Game 7s that he's played in and scored 45 points in Game 7 against in in the first round. A late-game barrage of jumpers by James most certainly ended any thoughts of a Boston rally. And the player couldn't be better in this moment.

To examine that question, ESPN brought in NBA Insiders Chris Herring, Kevin Arnovitz, Micah Adams, Kevin Pelton, and André Snellings - none of whom give the Cavs more than a 50 percent chance to advance - and asked them how a loss tonight would change James' tomorrow.

The Cavs led by 16 in the third period thanks to terrific efforts from Hill and Green, and James finally took his first rest with 57.3 seconds left in the quarter and Cleveland up 80-67.

"If you were watching the game, I was getting doubled as soon as I caught the ball", Horford said.

"The second quarter definitely killed us", Rozier said of Cleveland's 34-18 advantage.

Following the game, Stevens tried to sum up James' performance from his perspective, saying that the Cavs' superstar is "the best player in the game", per Keith Smith of Real GM. You can't go out and try to look pretty.

The Cavs said Love is being evaluated for a concussion and being kept out as a precaution. You expect games like this on elimination nights.

And it appears as though James will be fit for Cleveland's all-or-nothing match-up with Boston. He is historically brilliant in Game 7s, but he can't do it alone.

Hill, who came over in a deadline trade, has been awed by what James has done in this postseason.

These young, upstart Boston Celtics are one tough team who thrives at home.

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