LeBron James has to do what no one else in this postseason has been able to achieve in his eight consecutive NBA Finals: the win in Boston. In the meantime, the Celtics are trying to reach their first NBA championship since 2010. Follow along with live analysis by Tim Bontemps.
The Cavaliers continue to receive candid glances from three. They will continue to be missing.
But though Cleveland is now 3 for 21 out of three, the game has been tied for Jeff's massive solid (12 points, five rebounds) instead of Kevin Love
However, Cleveland must start shooting soon ,
Boston lead at 43:39 at halftime, but it feels like the first half is a victory for Cleveland.
The Cavaliers have two points from their bank and five from the starting guards George Hill and JR Smith. If Cleveland did not get 15 combined points from Jeff Green and Tristan Thompson, this game could be very different.
Of course, the same thing could be said if the Cavaliers had made more than 2 of their 17 three-point attempts
Boston has 14 points from Al Horford and 11 points from Jayson Tatum, but not much from others. The Celtics need to change that to isolate Horford, along with Thompson, on Cavaliers, as they did over and over in the first half.
There was little cause for optimism in the first half of the game for the Cavaliers 7.
But there are not many other reasons for optimism if one reason is LeBron James.
With just a few minutes left in the first half, James has 17 points and 10 rebounds. If he can go on and the Cavaliers beat three (they are 2 for 15), Cleveland will have a real shot in this game.
As it is, Boston leads 39-37 late in the first half.
For Cleveland, it's time for the danger zone.
With Boston at home in the middle of the second quarter around 12, the Cavaliers must be careful not to let the game slip away. Cleveland has six sales – including four from LeBron James – while Boston has one.
James, understandably, looks too early after supporting such a heavy load in this series. His teammates were unable to provide much help.
As a result, the Celtics withdraw and threaten to open this game wide open if the cavaliers are not careful.
Cleveland survived early The beginning is difficult, and Kevin Love out put in an interesting line early in the game: LeBron James in the middle.
James plays in the five and still puts the ball on the floor so that Cleveland can spread the floor with shooters around him. As a result, the Cavs have withdrawn the lead.
The Cavaliers need a big game from George Hill to win on the road.
So it's a bad sign for Cleveland that Hill started the game, the open three clatters, then he tried to drive from the corner and lost the ball outside the limits.
Without Kevin Love, Hill is the only player who can have a consistent presence for Cleveland – if he's right. If this is not the case, an already difficult task becomes virtually impossible for LeBron James.
To make matters worse, it's already 11-4 Boston.
The Cleveland Cavaliers go to TD Garden to face the Boston Celtics with LeBron James eager to make his eighth NBA finals in a row.
It will coincidentally be the eighth time in James' 15-year NBA career that he has played 7 in a playoff series in a game. And like anything he has attended, his numbers are absurd, with averages of 34.9 points, eight rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.
Here is a chronological overview of each of these games before today's action begins at 8:30 in Boston:
21. May 2006: Detroit Eastern Conference Semifinals
Detroit Pistons 79, Cleveland Cavaliers 61
In James' third season, he made his first trip to the playoffs. And after getting into the second round with the Washington Wizards, he faced a Pistons team in a series of six consecutive runs to reach at least the Eastern Conference final.
This does not mean James The task was completed this time – despite having scored 27 points, eight rebounds and two assists in a 47-minute defeat in Detroit in 47 minutes. The rest of Cleveland's roster shot 9:41 and scored 34 points. However, James would take revenge on Detroit the following year as he led Cleveland past the Pistons in the final of the Eastern Conference, reaching the NBA Finals for the first time.
18th May 2008: Eastern Conference Semifinal in Boston  Boston Celtics 97, Cleveland Cavaliers 92
Although it's a loss, this is one of James' iconic performances. Eleven minutes before Paul Pierce, James had a spectacular game – scoring 45 points and five rebounds, six assists in two steals in almost 47 minutes. But Pierce himself had a lot of fun and scored 41 points, and P. J. Brown made a few key leaps so the Celtics could barely survive. They would go on to win the title.
. 9 June 2012: Final of the Eastern Conference in Miami
Miami Heat 101, Boston Celtics 88
After James had the game of his career in Boston in Game 6, bringing the series back to the shores of Biscayne Bay, there was none Possibility, Miami would lose this game. And to make sure, James was brilliant: he played every 28 seconds of the game and had 31 points and 12 rebounds.
Losing one of these last two games in this series would have led to big changes in Miami; Instead, The Heat beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in five games to clinch James & # 39; s first title.
. 3 June 2013: Final of the Eastern Conference in Miami
Miami Heat 99, Indiana Pacers 76
While the heat swept through the East in the first four years of this decade, their battles with the Pacers became a pretty heated rivalry. It peaked in 2013 when Indiana Miami increased distance in the East Final.
But just like India's numerous battles with Michael Jordan in the 1990s, they always end in the same way: with the legendary player of his generation who prevents them from making the NBA finals. This time James was in 32 minutes for 32 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
20th June 2013: NBA Finals in Miami
Miami Heat 95, San Antonio Spurs 88
This series will always be remembered for one of the most iconic shots in NBA history: Ray Allen's corner triangle to match 6 at the end of the game Tying regulation, a game Miami would continue to win in overtime and force game 7.  However, the final game of the series was almost as dramatic, and it went all the way to the final minutes of the fourth quarter, before the heat finally won. James collected his second NBA Finals MVP Award after finishing the series with 37 points, 12 rebounds, four assists and two steals in 45 minutes while shooting the ball extremely well (12 for 23, 5 for 10) three and one perfect 8-for-8 from the foul line.
19th June 2016: Oakland NBA Finals
Cleveland Cavaliers 93, Golden State Warriors 89
Of course this game was not only delivered Cleveland was the first championship in more than half a century, but it also produced the iconic image of James & # 39; Career: The Block. His quick pick-up by Andre Iguodala became the symbolic image of Cleveland's incredible comeback after a three-game-to-one defeat against the Warriors, who set the NBA record this season with 73 regular season wins] James has come a long way More than just blocking this shot in the game. Played 47 minutes, he finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and two other blocks
29. April 2018: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in Cleveland
Cleveland Cavaliers 105, Indiana Pacemaker 101
James had not lost a first-round playoff game since 2012 this season. But then he found himself in a seven-game clash with upstart Pacemaker, who wore her impressive regular season play in the playoffs, and gave James everything he could handle.
But again he proved a lot for her. Playing the first 34 minutes of the game before he had to go to the dressing room and be treated for dehydration, James still had a remarkable performance: 45 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals in 43 minutes, the 16-for- 25 went off the field, 2-for-3 out of 3 and 11-by-15 from the Foullinie to keep this season alive – finally to today's showdown with the Celtics.
Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics (Series tied, 3-3): 8:30 pm, ESPN
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