Celtics Unable To Close Out Cavaliers; Face Game Seven

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(Cleveland, OH, 05/25/18) Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, shoots over Boston Celtics' Marcus Morris during the third quarter in Game 6 of the NBA's Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday, May 25, 2018. Staff photo by Christopher Evans

The Celtics were poised to celebrate a resounding upset win against the Cavaliers in a closeout road game Friday night.  That celebration will be put on ice as they were stopped in their tracks by a freight train named LebronJames was flat out brilliant putting together another performance for the ages in Cleveland’s 109-99 victory.  He nearly triple-doubled once again to the tune of 46 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists.

With that being said, his supporting cast deserves just as much credit after Kevin Love was lost for the night.  George Hill added 20 points and Jeff Green 14 for the Cavs whose bench players help keep Boston at arm’s length.  Love entered the concussion protocol after bumping heads with Boston’s Jayson Tatum, never returning.

The Celtics like their chances heading back to TD Garden

There remains a steady optimism about Sunday’s game in Boston, despite the sloppy performance the Celtics yielded. “It’s going to be a lot of fun, first and foremost,” said Terry Rozier, who scored a team-high 28 points. “Obviously, we came up short tonight. But we need the whole city of Boston to be behind us. We know LeBron is different than a lot of other guys. But we’ve got to get the job done. That’s no excuse, so we’re looking forward to it.”

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Aside from the play of Rozier, the Celtics struggled most of Game 6 to find any type of offensive cohesion.  Al Horford suffered through a scoreless first half, unable to score with Cleveland sending double teams constantly his way.

Jaylen Brown, who has the advantage over a slow-footed Kyle Korver, was unable to attack the mismatch with any regularity.

And Jayson Tatum didn’t take many quality shots, if at all until the game was out of hand.  Which essentially meant that Lebron didn’t have to do much work on the defensive side of the ball.

Who comes away with a win on Sunday remains up in the air.  The Celtics have tied an NBA record by winning 10 straight home playoff games. They are also undefeated at TD Garden this postseason.

All things considered though, do you really feel like betting against King James?

 

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