Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Celtics Notes: Boston Can’t Overcome LeBron James’ Greatness In Game 6

Celtics Notes: Boston Can’t Overcome LeBron James’ Greatness In Game 6

LeBron James doesn't offer praise just to be nice to another player on another team. Hill is shooting just 31 percent and averaging 5 points in the three losses in Boston this series.

The Boston Celtics, reinvigorated by a return home, beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 96-83 on Wednesday (May 23) to move within one win of reaching the NBA Finals. James, who has the highest scoring average in elimination games in National Basketball Association history at 34.1 points per game, has won his past five Game 7s, including the first round this season against the Indiana Pacers.

Some would say you're nuts to bet against LeBron in a game seven, especially when he showed late in game six just how capable he is of closing a game. "I know we'll shoot the ball better and play better offensively at home". Terry Rozier had his best game of the series with 28 points, including 6-of-10 on 3s, and Jaylen Brown put in 27, the Celtics' starting backcourt combining to shoot 21-of-34. "We had an opportunity, but we didn't make enough plays".

A hoard of Celtics surrounded the players before wrapping up Morris and keeping him away from Nance. Fortunately for them, the Cavs played worse. Yet, again, the postgame narrative was how he looked exhausted. They banged heads and both immediately dropped to the floor with Love raising his left arm as if to signal he needed help.

But things were different Friday night in Game 6 at Quicken Loans Arena.

In addition to the turnovers, missed three-pointers and free throw woes, the Cavaliers were outhustled on the glass and outrebounded, 45-39, by the Celtics. But we got [LeBron James] out with two-and-a-half minutes, and at the start of the fourth he wasn't ready to go.

Kevin Love was the only other Cavaliers player who scored in double figures in Game 5.

Morris' words speak to the delicate balancing act that exists between embracing their success in the moment while maintaining that hunger going forward in their quest for greatness.

Meanwhile, Boston is now 10-0 at home during this postseason run.

"I think then all of the rest of the world is relative, right?" That put a smile on James' face, and the two had a amusing little exchange.

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.

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