Boston Celtics Pride: The growing legend of Jayson Tatum

Hope Soto
May 26, 2018

The Cavs waived the white flag when James checked out with 3:11 remaining. "We gotta get one more, though".

The home team has won every game in the Eastern Conference finals.

"Well, for me, I think I look forward to seeing us respond on Friday night", he said. "He's deep into the postseason in his first year". They are trying to reach the finals for the fourth consecutive season. They won't get back to Boston unless they win Friday's Game 6 at the friendly confines of Quicken Loans Arena. This game made it feel like it is not impossible to slow down James, but that is the exact mentality James will be able to exploit back at home.

The Celtics held James to two fourth-quarter points, earning their 10th straight victory in Boston to remain ideal at home this postseason and move within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010. Only Clyde Drexler (when he was 29) and Larry Bird (when he was 30) have put up as many points, assists, and rebounds in one postseason.

Other than Kevin Love, the rest of the Cavaliers have been AWOL this series when traveling outside of the Cleveland city limits. It's win or stay home for LeBron James and the Cleveland LeBron Jameses. You can't put yourself in that moment until you take care of the present.

Cavaliers starting guards George Hill and J.R. Smith were completely outclassed Wednesday.

Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James led Cleveland with 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

"Yeah, that has to be our mindset", said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. "We wanted to play big a little more, but it was more to get two wings off the bench so that we could then rotate our wings with quick breaks around the timeouts if we could". "Do what you've got to do to get that one win".

But instead of finishing with a dunk, James simply laid the ball up on the glass. (Tatum) was great tonight in the first quarter. Instead of attempting to block Tatum's shot, James hit the brakes. Numerous turnovers were sloppy, careless passes.

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"I had my moments, but I think everybody at this point is exhausted, worn down whatever the case may be", he said. "We didn't let him get comfortable".

Not everybody spends a million and a half dollars a year to keep his body in shape. The 42.3 minutes per game were the most he played in any of the six championship runs for the Bulls. Boston dug themselves a hole they weren't able to climb out of when they were outscored by 16 points in the opening quarter of Game 4.

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.

There have been six 40-point games in this postseason alone, including two earlier this series.

As for how he felt physically, James said, "I had my moments".

"I've been in the league six years, going on seven", Morris said, apparently forgetting one of his National Basketball Association seasons.

James isn't going to go away quietly. The Celtics scored nine in a row at the end of the first quarter and into the second to take a 36-19 lead, their biggest of the game.

When it comes to James, there is no middle ground: You either hate LeBron James or you love him.

But while certainly no one would suggest he doesn't have it within him to will his lads to a Sunday win back here, he has to look around him and know the aforementioned sword may catch enough of the Other Cavaliers to create a mortal wound. Of perhaps greater concern to the good people of Ohio, LeBron's latest streak of four straight seasons in Cleveland could possibly be about to face its curtain.

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