Point guard George Hill turned in his most aggressive and effective game of the series, scoring 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting with a ideal 6-for-6 mark from the free-throw line to go with three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 34 minutes. All of which means, as the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors square off tonight for Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals, that the 2018 Eastern Conference Finals is going to a decisive Game 7 on Sunday in the MA city.
James was asked what will separate the Cavs and Celtics after they've split the first six games of the series.
So now it's Game 7.
LeBron James drives against Jayson Tatum in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals May 23, 2018.
"I've been fortunate enough to play some good basketball through my career", said the 33-year-old American. James will be without his All-Star teammate, as he was for all but five minutes of Game 6, to try to win a Game 7 on the road - one of the toughest things in the game.
Still, as they went about making this improbable journey to where they are a win away from a trip to the NBA Finals, history has never been a motivating factor.
Dating to last summer - when successful general manager David Griffin departed, Kyrie Irving demanded a trade and the Cavs did a deal that returned a future draft pick and an injured replacement in Isaiah Thomas - it has been one long struggle for James to earn the right to play in his eighth consecutive Finals.
While the Cavaliers' solid play is a positive, what is even more encouraging for the next game is that Boston played extremely well overall but still lost by 10 points.More news: Boba Fett Film Coming From James Mangold
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LeBron's detractors will note that despite his consistently stellar performances in elimination games, he's also 3-5 in the NBA Finals.
"I just felt someone fall into my leg, and my leg kind of went in", James said after the game, per James McMenamin of ESPN.
TNT analyst and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is picking Boston: "It was nice of Ty Lue to play Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., and Jeff Green".
Golden State brought the momentum back in its favor by way of a 115-86 Game 6 victory at Oracle Arena Saturday.
"If you were watching the game, you'd know I was getting doubled as soon as I caught the ball", Horford said. "I expect the crowd to be really into it".
Hill - who has been silenced in Boston, scoring a combined 15 points in Games 1, 2, and 5 at the TD Garden - notched 20 points in Game 6 alone.
"You can switch more", Lue said. George Hill had 20 points. The Celtics took just 74 shots, while the Cavs put up 87.
"We know LeBron is different than a lot of other guys, but we've got to get the job done", guard Terry Rozier said.