LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers advance to NBA Finals

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers advance to NBA Finals

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers advance to NBA Finals

Stevens' Boston Celtics lost Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers 109-99 on Friday night. I've only just started listening to Love is Dead, their latest, but so far I think it's really good.

George Hill has been a different player in opposing venues throughout the first six games of the East Finals - and he enjoyed the home cooking on Friday night, finishing with 20 points on an efficient 7-for-12 shooting from the floor and ideal 6-of-6 from the line, adding three boards, three assists and a pair of steals. Baynes hardly played the second half and finished with zero points and four rebounds in 18 minutes.

The same franchise that once took names anytime, anywhere this time of year now curls up like a dog in a thunderstorm every time it leaves home. LeBron James' scoring, rebound and assist averages in seven career Game 7s - sporting a 5-2 mark. The one thing we have to all understand is we're not going to play flawless.

LeBron James's teams have faced an elimination game 21 times in the playoffs.

Tatum had a dunk over James with 6:41 left - staring down the Cavaliers star and bumping him with his chest - then followed it with a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead. The Cavaliers took full advantage of that lull, too, mounting a 17-7 run to close out the game and roll to the eight-point win. However that will be Boston's final basket for greater than 5 minutes whereas Cleveland went on a 15-2 run to place the sport away.

James will make his eighth straight NBA Finals appearance. They've won 12 of those games. That's just how dominant James has been this season, which is his 15th in the league. People can say what they want.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said, "I thought the biggest moment of the game was when we couldn't extend the lead in the second quarter".

The Cavaliers appeared doomed in the first quarter when the team's All-Star forward, Kevin Love, clashed heads with Boston rookie Jayson Tatum and was forced to the locker room.

They had to play seven games just to get out of the first round, and seven more to finish a climb out of 2-0 deficit against a younger, more athletic Celtics team.

J.R. Smith finally got going in the second half as he drained a trio of three-pointers and had 12 points. Forwards Jeff Green (14 points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocks) and Larry Nance Jr. He scored 45 points to lead the Heat to a 98-79 win and Miami went on to win the title. "Come out and play some great basketball, high energy and let's see who comes out on top". A CliffsNotes version of the first quarter: Smith clanked a jumper off the side of the backboard, Love clunked heads with Jayson Tatum, and Jaylen Brown (15 points) nearly outscored Cleveland by himself as Boston opened a 25-20 lead.

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