Celtics, Cavs get in brief scuffle during Game 5

Celtics, Cavs get in brief scuffle during Game 5

Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday night, with the decisive seventh game back in Boston on Sunday if necessary.

LeBron James simply doesn't get closed out in his second reign as a Cavalier.

James led the way for the Cavs with 26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

Game 6 is set for Friday night.

Cavs coach Ty Lue acknowledged that James looked exhausted.

"Fatigue won't be a problem", the Cavaliers' coach said May 24 during a conference call.

"I can't say that on camera".

Morris has also been one of the bodies that Boston runs at LeBron defensively throughout this series. "I know he'll be great come tomorrow". After the game, Lue was asked about Korver's unusual usage given the magnitude of this game and the success he found in Game 5. "But there's no question in my mind he'll bounce back tomorrow".

Tatum doesn't care. His thoughts are consumed by the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James, the Eastern Conference Finals and needing one more victory to advance the Celtics to the NBA Finals.


He is 3-2 against the Celtics in his career in that situation, but 3-0 since struggling early in his career to get over the hump against the Big Three. Will James be able to put on another vintage performance in front of his home fans? "Here, we're trying to knock off a group with a number of champions and a generational player".

"We look forward to having an opportunity to force a game seven". And no player is better when his back is against the wall than James.

The Celtics shot just 36.5 percent from the floor in Game 5, but they fired off 85 shots - 11 more than the Cavaliers did.

Boston won the rebounding battle 45-39.

But James looked at times as if he were feeling the effects of the heavy load he has carried for the Cavs in these playoffs, coughing up six of Cleveland's 15 turnovers, including four in the second half. But he turned the ball over six times in Game 5, seven times in Game 1 and six times in Game 2 - all losses.

James also had high praise for the veteran shooter, saying after the game, "I've loved Kyle ever since we made the trade to get him here". "I think everybody at this point is exhausted, worn down or whatever the case may be".

The king is not dead, and he still has a chance to make his eighth straight NBA Finals.

Unfortunately for the Cavs, the answer is yes. The game was there for the taking, but the Cavs couldn't buy a shot when they needed it.

"I think his composure is impressive, he plays above his age", James told National Basketball Association reporters before Game 5.

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