Cavs star focused on treatment, sleep ahead of Game 7

Lynette Rowe
Мая 27, 2018

The Cavaliers appeared doomed in the first quarter when the team's All-Star forward, Kevin Love, clashed heads with Boston rookie Jayson Tatum and was forced to the locker room.

He carried Cleveland in this one, scoring 46 points - a career high for a potential elimination game - while adding 11 rebounds, nine assists, and three steals.

Their winner-takes-all match up Sunday night starts at 8:30 p.m.

"Regardless, we'll have to prepare our team to play well regardless of who's on the floor for them", Stevens said.

Game 7, we all know, is the Steel Cage Match of the National Basketball Association, the NHL and Major League Baseball.

If LeBron James (6-2 all time in Game 7s) can win another one over the Celtics without Love, they'll win the East and head to the Finals for a fourth consecutive year.

From the Rockets to the Lakers to the Sixers, James has been linked to a plethora of future landing spots despite publicly stating his sole focus is on winning another championship with the Cavs.

"I don't want to talk so much about [whether it's his last game in Cleveland], but I think just his performance was unbelievable", Kyle Korver said.

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Here's what we learned from this one. Jeff Green added 14 off the bench, Larry Nance had 10 and Kyle Korver and Jordan Clarkson chipped in six apiece as the Cavs reserves helped fill the void left by Love's early exit. "I've always said Game 7 is the best two hours in sports, so let's go have fun with it".

He's now been ruled out for Game 7 on Sunday night.

James sat out less than two minutes in the 48-minute contest, taking his first rest with less than a minute to play in the third quarter. "I can't say enough good things about him".

If that doesn't smell enough like victory to you, then consider that Friday's Game 6 was up almost 6% from the Celtics' winning Game 5 of May 23, which also topped that night.

We can't just rely on being at home. Seventeen of those points came in the second quarter, when he made his first three 3-pointers of the game and attempted his first six free throws. "You can't go out and try to look pretty".

George Hill scored 20 points for Cleveland.

Having the fans on their side is nice and all, but what matters is how the Celtics play.

Terry Rozier, who has mostly been a disaster on the road in the playoffs, finished with 28 points and seven assists, shooting 6-of-10 from the 3-point line.

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