Recently, LeBron James effectively blessed Tatum in praising the youngster's composure and talent and, in advance of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Tatum received an incredible compliment from Celtics legend Paul Pierce. The Celtics are 10-0 at TD Garden in the 2018 postseason. After losing by 30 in Game 3, they were competitive in Game 4, eventually losing by nine points.
If the Cleveland Cavaliers lose their May 25 playoff game against the Boston Celtics, they will miss out on the National Basketball Association finals for the first time in three years. Stevens left the door open yesterday to the guard returning to the floor in this series, though probably not in tonight's Game 5.
It all ended with Morris, Nance and Rozier receiving technical fouls. This series has all the looks of a seven-game thriller as both teams have been solid at home so far, so I like LeBron and the Cavaliers bouncing back here, but I just don't feel comfortable laying this many points.
LeBron James drove into the paint on the play.
There was the running one-hand banker at the buzzer in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the top-seeded Toronto Raptors, ending a night during which he had 38 points.
And after two games in three days following a gruelling season, James has admitted that he's feeling the need to rest. "I think everybody at this point is exhausted, worn down or whatever the case may be". "I'm pretty sure a lot of guys are exhausted". But I felt tonight guys were just ready to take it on the floor after the loss in Game 4.
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Others left hand-written notes on Japanese maples that have been planted to form a "Trees of Hope" trail through the city. It seems the song continues to provide strength for the city, as the crowd sang during tonight's Albert Square gathering.
But it wasn't enough as Celtics take a 3-2 lead going into Game 6 on Friday (1.30am Saturday UK time).
"It happens, " Lue said. "We wanted to play big a little more, but it was more to get two wings off the bench so that we could then rotate our wings with quick breaks around the timeouts if we could. But I think just by doing that, it was a change that worked in our favor". But the Celtics prevented them from getting closer than that and hit the half up 11. In 2012, he faced a Game 6 elimination in Boston and scored 45 points with 15 rebounds and five rebounds as Miami won. "It doesn't get any better than that", he said. His 31.1 points per game were good though he had a career low 19.4% shooting from three-point land despite having the second most attempts from there in his postseason career (3.5 attempts per game with 0.7 makes). Terry Rozier is starting for the first time in the playoffs.
Boston's Aron Baynes blocks a shot from Cleveland's George Hill.
Will the Celtics make more adjustments?
"We just can't expect coming home and in front of our great fans and crowd that we're going to win the game", Lue said. "So that's been kind of Kyle's matchup when he comes in the game". But after using just a seven-man rotation Wednesday night, Stevens could mix it up again, and remains confident in Ojeleye, who did not play in Game 5.