LeBron James leads Cleveland Cavaliers to fourth straight finals over Boston Celtics

LeBron James leads Cleveland Cavaliers to fourth straight finals over Boston Celtics

Javier Howell
May 29, 2018

After LeBron James took his Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Finals with a Game 7 win on Sunday night, many relaunched the discussion about The King's place in history.

"The pain is part of the path", said a disappointed Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

LeBron James has earned a spot in his eighth consecutive National Basketball Association finals after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a thrilling series victory over the Boston Celtics.

James helped Cleveland overcome a 3-2 series deficit, winning twice even after Kevin Love - maybe the most capable of his otherwise underwhelming supporting cast - was lost to a concussion early in Game 6. But Tatum took his game to the next level in the playoffs, averaging 18.2 points on 46.7 percent from the field in 35.6 minutes per game.

So we find the Cleveland Cavaliers not only embracing the moment, but hugging yet another NBA Eastern Conference championship trophy. As pointed out on the broadcast, injured guard Kyrie Irving was not present on the bench to support his team in their biggest game of the year. Altogether, Cleveland compiled a 50-32 regular season record, good for the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, despite James appearing in all 82 games for the first time in his career.

And, after all, the Horford-driven Celtics did come very close to knocking off LeBron and making the damn NBA Finals. "We win, oh, we knew they could do it", Green said. He's now led his team to wins in 12 of his last 15 elimination games and won his last six Game 7s. It's a Game 7.

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"I thought we were pretty good at that. but he still scored 35".

The Celtics led by as many as 12 points in the first half, and they had a 51-47 lead midway through the third quarter when James hit a long 3-pointer and then Green made a 3 of his own. "But more importantly, just the work that I put into it".

James believes that they can outhustle, outsmart and out coach whoever they face in the final. It's ridiculous. With the pressure, with the scrutiny, it doesn't matter.

Jeff Green, who was stellar in relief of Love in Game 6, got the start and responded with another outstanding performance - notching 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting to go with eight boards and a blocked shot. "But that's how much belief these guys instilled in all of us".

The Celtics saw their run of 10 straight home playoff games without a loss snapped in gut-wrenching fashion as their defensive passion was not matched with offensive execution throughout the final three quarters. With the rookie Tatum and second-year Jaylen Brown, Boston established itself as the team of the future in the East.

"I think what people don't understand is to succeed it has to be a team effort", an emotional James said after the game. He scored just three of his 17 points in the second half, on five whole shots.

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