Celtics brace for Cavaliers, James in Game 7

Kevin Love out for Game 7 vs. Celtics with concussion-like symptoms

Kevin Love out for Game 7 vs. Celtics with concussion-like symptoms

"I talked about the pain is part of the path", Stevens said.

"I'm the leader of this team, and I'm going to give what I've got". If the Warriors win, it will be the fourth time they'll face the Cavs in the Finals in as many years.

Of the ten most-watched National Basketball Association games since 2002, James has played in eight of them, and 14 of the top 19, according to Sports Media Watch.

Green performed well in replacing Love in Game 6, finishing with 14 points, three rebounds and two blocks off the bench. However, in 2014, James and the Heat lost to the Spurs and he departed for Cleveland.

That has carried over to the playoffs, where the Cavaliers came into Game 7 Sunday night 6-1 in clutch games with an insane +36.2 per 100.

"We've been counted out a long time this season". They have to be exhausted, and that's no way to go into a series against Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the Warriors, who blew Cleveland away in five games past year, or James Harden and a Rockets team that can be every bit as potent on one end and lock teams down on the other. He finished with 35 points on 12-of-24 shooting with 15 rebounds and 9 assists.

At one point during what he has called the most challenging season of his 15-year career, LeBron even questioned whether the Cavs would make the playoffs. He didn't really catch on to that one until last summer when he joined his old coach, Tyronn Lue, who was an assistant on the Celtics when Green played there.

Coming into the clash, Boston was a flawless 10-0 at home in the playoffs this year and had secured three easy wins over the Cavs already.

But the Celtics couldn't get 3-pointers to fall, and Cleveland slowly chipped their way back into it. James got 3-pointers from J.R. Smith and Jeff Green, and by the time halftime rolled around, Boston's lead was down to 43-39.

Things have been going just as well on TNT, where the cabler will host Game 7 of the Western Conference finals on Memorial Day.

"We've been really fortunate to continuously get better the last couple of seasons... but when it ends, it's painful". Nobody had ever overcome that deficit in the championship round, and Cleveland had to do it against a team that had won an NBA-record 73 games. I just think about what I need to do to impact this series, to impact the game, to help my team.

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