That's when the Cavaliers fought back. All they can hope to do is weather the storm and try not to drown.
The lopsided loss was the Cavaliers' third consecutive setback at TD Garden in the Eastern Conference Finals, and forced them into a must-win situation in Game 6 of the best-of-seven series at Quicken Loans Arena tonight.
"We know LeBron is different than a lot of other guys, but we've got to get the job done", Rozier said. "Heck of a challenge". Also, the Cavaliers made just nine of their 34 attempts from three-point range and went 12 for 19 at the free-throw line.
James has been down 3-2 in the conference finals before.
The Celtics held James to two fourth-quarter points, earning their 10th straight victory in Boston to remain ideal at home this postseason and move within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010. Jaylen Brown was really good too putting up 27 points on 11-of-18 shooting.
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Leading the LeBron James haters to salivate as they begin the process of unsheathing, and sharpening, their blades. This was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason.
That will be hard to replicate completely in Cleveland. The Celtics, however, have withstood a stellar James performance and escaped with a victory earlier in this series. ESPN is included in the Hulu Live TV package so you'll be able to quickly join in time to watch the Cavs Celtics Game 6 battle online.
Two hours before game time, an assistant coach opened his Apple laptop and sat with Semi Ojeleye, a muscular and athletic 6-foot-7 rookie. "Every game matters, every possession matters, the details". "I think the other three were attack turnovers, and I'm okay with that". If we continue to play defense the way we've been playing, I do love our chances.
Stevens added that going against James for multiple games gives you an appreciation of James' greatness.
In a closeout game six, you better believe he is going to bring something special, because he has never been anything short of spectacular in closeout games. He got little help from his teammates, who combined to shoot 38.5 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from three-point range.
Stevens, meanwhile, has said that he's embraced this challenge and having fun. "There's a number of things that make him special, but that's up there".