Kendrick Perkins appears to make impact on Game 6 vs. Celtics

Kendrick Perkins appears to make impact on Game 6 vs. Celtics

BOSTON - For perhaps the first time this postseason and certainly during the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James showed some signs of fatigue Wednesday night as the Boston Celtics took a 3-2 series lead with a 96-83 Game 5 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. This will have a huge effect on the game as James is scoring 31 percent of Cleveland's points this series.

Reserves Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 13.

"It will be five guys", said Stevens.

Stevens added that injured point guard Shane Larkin is making progress but was unlikely to return to the lineup.

"I've never went to any season saying, 'OK, let's have a Finals streak, ' " James said.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are locked up in a heated matchup in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. James and Kevin Love were the only players to score in double figures. "We didn't play well".

If the Celtics bring anything less than their best performance of this series, none of that outside stuff will matter. "He looked a little exhausted to me, yes", Lue said. They know Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James doesn't go down easily.


In the regular season, Irving averaged a team-high 24.4 points and team-high 5.1 assists per game (60 games) with a true shooting percentage of 61.0. And the Celtics, to their credit, have not made it easy on him. "It's just all about just win every game and it should put us in position to play for a championship". "It's up to us to see if we can come back here for one more".

There was the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer against the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the opening round, a final touch to an unbelievable 44-point, 10-rebound and 8-assist performance.

Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team above.600, 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games overall.

When the best player in the world is wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, it is easy to ignore the other good players on the court. "I think that's when I have the most fun, when things are on the line".

There will be a lot of noise for James to work through if he extends the series Friday night. "We've just played really bad in Boston, and they probably feel the same way with how they played in Cleveland".

At halftime, the Cavaliers offered an update on Love, saying that he is still undergoing evaluation for a concussion and will be held out for the remainder of the game.

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