Boston will use same starting lineup in Game 6

Al Horford is double-teamed by the Cavs’ Le Bron James and Tristan Thompson as the Celtics were looking to reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010

Al Horford is double-teamed by the Cavs’ Le Bron James and Tristan Thompson as the Celtics were looking to reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010

The Boston Celtics know what's coming.

Fortunately, the Cavaliers have returned home to play Game 6 in the friendly confines of Quicken Loans Arena, where the team is 2-0 against the Celtics and 7-1 over the first three rounds of the 2018 NBA Playoffs.

"We'll continue to throw different looks at him as much as we can and do a good job on all the other Cavs as well", Stevens said.

The Boston Celtics are now one game away from preventing the what was thought as the inevitable - LeBron James going to another NBA Finals.

CLEVELAND - No one cancels trophy presentations like the Cleveland Cavaliers. James has beaten them all. Another flawless performance by James should open up opportunities for the rest of the Cavs, continuing Boston's road struggles and extending the series.

"If I had to pick one guy and choose one guy to prevail, it would be LeBron", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. James finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists but committed six turnovers and looked exhausted at times. Rozier had eight points, six assists, six rebounds and three steals for the Celtics.

Another sign came late in the third quarter as Jayson Tatum drove to the basket with James in hot pursuit. Tatum (24 points) scored easily on a play that at the time increased the Boston lead to 16 points.

What's worse? He is averaging 34.5 points per game in Game 7's in his career.

And James appeared reluctant to even attempt to dominate in the paint, opting to initiate most of his offense from the perimeter. I think that is a lot to ask.

But letting a first-year role player dictate how you deploy a legitimate game-breaker is pure craziness on the part of Lue. This was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason. The Cavaliers will have to replicate their efforts from Games 3 and 4 to extend their season. Tatum had 13 points, and Horford had 10 points and seven boards at the break.

They will broadcast up to seven live games per week throughout the regular season and the first and second rounds of the playoffs, as well as every game of the conference finals and NBA Finals.

LeBron James hasn't gotten a ton of help in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics. James said. "If I'd have told you at the beginning of the season we only needed one game to make the NBA Finals, we'd take it".

On Friday, James will take the floor with his future hanging in the air. "I would think he gets a little exhausted". "I haven't always been successful, obviously".

The "trusted" players on this Cavaliers team are older.

Every time the Celtics made a run to cut into the Cavs' lead, James made a play - be it a stepback jumper, a precision pass or a chase-down block - to stem Boston's momentum and keep Cleveland in the driver's seat.

The victor of the series will play either the Golden State Warriors or Houston Rockets for the National Basketball Association crown. Wednesday night, Boston absolutely obliterated the Cavaliers on fast-break points 18-2.

Those media and social media haters are preparing to push up their delivery date of hate. If Tatum is short, and Boston eliminates Cleveland, Tatum nearly certainly will set the rookie postseason record during the NBA Finals. So far, he has been just playing his game.

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