James punching yet another ticket to the NBA Finals adds to his legacy that many have already said warrants consideration as the best player of all-time.
After a resounding win in Game 6 that's exactly where the defending champions are, preparing for a winner-take-all game Monday night for a spot in the NBA Finals. For the superstar who led them there, it will be eight Finals appearances on the trot.
With the Cavs one loss away from elimination, Love left the floor five minutes into Game 6 after experiencing concussion-like symptoms following a collision with Boston forward Jayson Tatum.
The Cavs needed some luck in the form of Boston missing more than its fair share of wide-open 3-pointers. They're champs. They're going to come back fighting, and they did. I just know he's just built for stardom. "That it's going to end in the finals is really incredible, it really is", forward Kyle Korver said in the Cavs' locker room on Sunday night. Our defense was really solid.
"We have and opportunity to win a championship". It was a bad time for "just one of those nights". The Cavs victory over the Boston Celtics matched Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals between the then Lebron James-led Miami Heat vs. the BostonCeltics. J.R. Smith, the nearest defender, had his head turned.
"It has been an fantastic, crazy, hard year", Korver said. "The great quote from the great Doc Rivers is you always want to go into the Game 7 with the best player, and we have the best player on our team going into a Game 7". And this year, you didn't at all. According to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, Rozier is even looking forward to meeting James again next season. "I guess this is the last chapter for our team in this season". In the postseason, they have not exactly transformed into a typical title contender, but they have papered over their flaws and persevered. "He and Zaza (Pachulia) were just talking to me, so they really encouraged me and helped me out a lot".
His frosty relationship with Gilbert was on display during the trophy presentation Sunday night - James gave Gilbert the cold shoulder - and is no secret within or outside the Cavaliers' organization.
LeBron finished the game with 35 of Cleveland's 87 points.
The victor of Warriors-Rockets in Game 7 will host the Cavaliers in Finals opener on Thursday.
Stevens, by the way, was pleased with how Boston defended James and limited open looks for his supporting cast. "It's ridiculous and he does it with the pressure and scrutiny". The Celtics have more playmakers and two-way players than the Cavaliers. "They fought hard too". "That first quarter we did a really good job of communicating, limiting them on threes, just contesting everything, making everything hard". You know, I saw a lot of things. "It's my first year in the league".
James said halfway through the season he made up his mind that no matter what happens he was going to try and keep a positive attitude. We're still confident. We're a confident group.