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LeBron James kept the Cleveland Cavaliers' season alive on Friday as he scored 46 points, 1
The Series-defining Game 7 will be held on Sunday at 20:30 in Boston ET, with ESPN televising the contest.
In the west, the Houston Rockets will be without point guard Chris Paul for their game 6 conference final with the Golden State Warriors on Saturday at 21.00. ET. Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports later suffered a hamstring strain in Game 5 and did not return. His status for a possible game 7 is unknown. The Rockets lead the series three games to two.
Below are some notable storylines for the rest of the conference finals, in addition to the NBA Finals television program.
NBA Finals Schedule
The winner of the Western Conference Finals will have home-field advantage in the NBA Finals as the Rockets and Warriors have the best two regular-season records of the remaining teams  East Winner of the Westsieger (Game 1): Thursday, May 31 at 9pm on ABC
East Winner of the Westsieger (Game 2): Sunday, 3rd June at 8pm on ABC  Westsieger at the Ostsieger (Game 3): Wednesday, June 6 at 9pm on ABC
Westsieger at the Ostsieger (Game 4): Friday, June 8 at 9pm on ABC
East Winner at Westsieger (Game 5, if necessary): Monday, June 11 at 9 pm on ABC
Westsieger at the Ostsieger (Game 6, if necessary): Thursday, June 14 at 9 pm on ABC
East Winner at Westsieger (Game 7, if necessary): Sunday, June 17 at 8 pm on ABC
All times ET.
Dominance of LeBron James
These are James' seasons from 2018 through 17 games: 33.9 points, 8 , 9 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.5 steals. While these numbers are notable, the fact that James is in his 15th NBA season and has played 1,377 regular season and playoff games together makes it even more amazing.
James Excellence is not limited to this year when Tommy Beer of NBC Sports and Rotoworld recorded:
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Most playoff games with at least 40 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the last 50 years:
LeBron James: 13
Michael Jordan: 4
Shaq O Neal: 4
Larry Bird: 3
Tim Duncan: 3
Wilt Chamberlain: 3
Beer has also dropped that value in relation to James's recent playoff elimination efforts:
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Lebron & # 39; s last 8 games with elimination:
* 46 points, 11 Rebs, 9 assists
* 45 points, 8 Rebs, 7 assists
* 41 points, 13 Rebs, 8 assists
* 31 points, 10 Rebs, 11 assists
* 27 points, 11 Rebs, 11 assists
* 41 points, 8 Rebs, 11 assists
* 41 points, 16 Rebs, 7 assists
* 32 points, 18 Rebs, 9 assists
It's not impossible for James to simply make the Cavaliers an NBA title. Although his supporting cast have hit all playoffs (especially at home, but faced with considerable difficulties on the road), James is on a different planet than the rest of the league. It'll be fascinating to see what he does in Game 7 in a harsh street environment.
Chris Paul's Injury
Without Paul, the Rockets on Saturday are a great underdog against the Warriors. Per OddsShark Golden State is a 12-point favorite, with the over-under total listed at 212.5 points.
Houston has played 97 games this season and has a 76-21 win-loss record overall. If Paul is on the ground, the Rockets are 61-12 (a 83.6 win percentage). Without Paul on the floor, the team is 15-9 (a gain of 62.5 percent).
For the year, Paul averaged 18.6 points, 7.9 assists and 5.4 rebounds. The team could supplement the point difference with additional contributions from Eric Gordon and Gerald Green (assuming they both beat their three points), but it will be difficult for the team to repeat Paul's excellent defense and playmaker skills. The warriors have the advantage for as long Paul is traveling in this series.
Kevin Loves Status
Cavalier big man Kevin Love had to leave Game 6 in the first quarter after hitting Boston Celtics striker Jayson Tatum. Per Tom Withers of the Associated Press rated Love for a concussion.
Jason Lloyd of The Athletic caught the love after the game and reported the following:
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Saw Kevin Love on his way out of the arena. Sounds like we have more answers tomorrow. He has to pass more tests before he can be released for play. As for his status for Sunday: "Toss-up," he said.
Cleveland's bank joined Love in the absence, Jeff Green scored 14 points. Larry Nance Jr. added 10 more plus seven rebounds. Striker George Hill also picked up more points as he lost 20 points in 7:12 shooting.
Although the Cavs were able to win for most of the game without love, the team is still better off with him on the floor than the team's second rating option. If Love can not decide on Game 7, the border is clearly going to the Celtics lately, in spite of the incredible game of LeBron James.
Andre Iguodala 's status
Warrior guard / striker Andre Iguodala missed Games 4 and 5 of the Conference Finals with left leg bruising and the team's public relations department called him " questionable " for the game on Saturday.
The Warriors have missed Iguodala in the last two games, resulting in two tight, low losses. He is an important member of the starting lineup when the Warriors are small, averaging 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in the playoffs. But what the team miss most is its defensive efforts, as its 1.4 steals per night show.
Without Chris Paul in the lineup for Game 6, the warriors should have a big advantage, even if Iguodala can not go. But the Warriors could use Iguodala for a Series-defining Game 7, especially when Paul is ready to play.
The Domination of the Boston Celtics at Home
The Boston Celtics are in the playoffs this year at home a perfect 10-0, making them the only post-season team to have an invincible record in their building. Not only that, but the Celtics often ran away with their victories as six of those ten wins were in the double digits.
Boston beat Cleveland three times in home games, with the average victory margin at 17.0 points per game. The home side clearly got the C in their victories, but the spread for the game is only 1.5 points for Boston, according to OddsShark.
It's possible that we'll finally see a close game on the track for Game 7, but this year's C & # 39; s transform the TD Garden into the old Boston Garden, where the old Celtics championship teams compete almost every time have won games there.