BOSTON, Mass. — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be playing in enemy territory at TD Garden tonight, a building that they are 0-3 in this postseason, for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals after defeating the Boston Celtics 109-99 on Friday night at home in Game 6.
Cleveland got superhuman LeBron on Friday night for Game 6 as James had 46 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the Cavs and they’ll need more of the same tonight in a Game 7 where the winner advances to the NBA Finals. George Hill added a key 20 points in Kevin Love’s absence in Game 6 as Love collided with Jayson Tatum in the first quarter on Friday and is now in the league’s concussion protocol meaning Love will not play tonight.
That means other Cavs players will have to continue to step up, which has been a rarity when they play in Boston. Jeff Green will start in Love’s place and will look to build off a pretty good performance in Game 6. Green had 14 points and three boards as he added some much needed scoring off the bench. Green will now be thrust into the starting role in what is probably the biggest game of his career.
Three-point shooting and a fast start will be key when the games tips off tonight shortly after 8:30pm ET. The Cavs have fallen behind in the first quarter in most games at Boston and haven’t been able to get back into games because of it. They’ve also shot the ball much better in Cleveland than they have in Boston, which will need to turn around tonight. They shot just under 40% from three-point range in Game 9.
LeBron James calls Game Seven “the best two words in sports”. He’s been spectacular in Game 7’s in his career, going 5-2 and averaging about 35 PPG. The King is at his best with his back against the wall, but he won’t be able to do it all on his own. It may come down to which one of his fellow teammates come along for the ride tonight with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.
Game 7 between the Cavs and Celtics is set to tip-off at 8:30pm ET and will be broadcast on ESPN. Will LeBron James make it to an eighth straight NBA Finals or will the young Celtics end James’ reign over the East?
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