What follows is a running recap of the Cavs' Game 6 victory, complete with highlight and analysis. That's the best recovery that you can possibly get, is when you're sleeping.
The LeBron James era of dominance in the Eastern Conference is on the brink following the Cavaliers' 96-83 loss at TD Garden Wednesday night, when a seemingly worn out James lumbered through a two-point fourth quarter before punching his own ticket to the bench with three minutes left in an 18-point game.
Love, who missed a game in March with concussion symptoms, banged heads with Tatum and dropped to the court in the first quarter. He'll probably have to duplicate or surpass that Sunday for the Cavs to advance to a fourth-consecutive NBA Finals, because it's questionable whether the Cavs' second-leading scorer, Kevin Love, will even play in the game. Without Love, James had to take on a heavier load. LeBron finished with 46 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and at least dive plays that you couldn't expect any other player in the league to make in a game with these stakes.
Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday night, with the decisive seventh game back in Boston on Sunday if necessary.
For James, it's an opportunity to extend the season for his hometown team and put off another summer of questions about his future.
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If daytime sports television is any indication, we're going to be having the LeBron vs. Michael Jordan debate almost every day for the next several years, if not several decades. For James, rest happens during the long timeouts in which the national broadcast attempts to cram in as many advertisements as possible.
This was the kind of game that forces you to think about whether James might be the best of all time. The Cavs took the lead in the second quarter and never looked back. May 25 at Quicken Loans Arena, Tyronn Lue is confident James will be rejuvenated and ready to go. "When we're out there we can definitely feel the energy the Garden is giving us, and we use it to do what we've got to do".
"It (Game 5) could have been one of those nights for LeBron".
"In all our sitdowns - and, you know, I obviously see him regularly but - in our sitdowns or just our casual conversations, he seems to be in a great place.""We have to come out and do what we've got to do".
Australia's Aron Baynes had his quietest game of the series, playing just 18 minutes and going scoreless while grabbing four rebounds. I'll do the same all day tomorrow from before we leave to go to Boston, and then once we get into Boston I'll do that as well.
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