Open thread game six: Cleveland Cavaliers versus Boston Celtics

Boston's young guns star as Celtics blast Cavs for 3-2 series lead

The Celtics improved to 10-0 at home this post-season, and Tatum said there's no reason they can't wrap up the series on Friday, even though so far the home team has won every game in the series. If anyone attempts to compare what James is doing in the 2018 NBA Playoffs to any other player, then the appropriate response is laughter. James scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists, but he didn't dominate the game as he normally does.

LeBron James drove into the paint on the play.

Historically, teams with a 3-2 series lead and home-court advantage move on to the NBA Finals 89 percent of the time, putting James and the Cavaliers in an obvious pickle.

James has been down 3-2 in the conference finals before. He can be a free agent at season's end and will consider coming back to the Cavs as well as a host of other options.

Traditionally you do not want to face LeBron James in an elimination game, especially if you're the Celtics.

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

So, yes, the stakes couldn't be higher. Brad Stevens called him the best player of the generation.

"Defensively we gave ourselves a chance", said James noting the Cavs held the Celtics to 36.5 per cent shooting. "I know he'll be great come tomorrow".

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Watford cited Everton's interest in their decision to part with the Portuguese coach in January, claiming an "unwarranted approach by a Premier League rival" .

We also addressed this, and a few times: He played 36.9 minutes per game in all 82 contests with his most total minutes (3,026) since 2010-11.

"I don't enjoy being in the position where it's you lose and go home", LeBron said before Game 6 tonight in Cleveland. He held Tristan Thompson to just one point and one assist on 31 possessions as the primary defender and Larry Nance Jr. managed just two points in 18 possessions against Baynes. So maybe James has had to overcome some of Lue's learning curve in his third year as an National Basketball Association head coach? Now approaching his 99th and 100th games of the season, does this look like a guy ready to carry his team to beat a superior roster twice in the next four days?

Much of the credit goes to Boston's No.1 ranked defense, but Cleveland deserves a large share of the blame.

The Cavs got off to a rocky start, with five first-quarter turnovers almost matching their 7 field goals.

Boston won the rebounding battle 45-39. However, even falling short of a conference crown, the excellence he has portrayed in the playoffs has been astounding.

"It's definitely a lot of fun", said Al Horford, who had 15 points, 12 rebounds and was a game-best, plus-22 in 35 minutes. We've still got to play.

The last time the Cavs faced an elimination scenario - which means the last time they had to deal with the whole "LeBron's last game" narrative - was Game 7 of the first round against the Pacers.

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