Celtics brace for Cavaliers, LeBron James in Game 7

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Kevin Love won't be able to help LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 against the Celtics in Boston.

LeBron had 46 pts., 11 reb., and 9 ast.in the Cavs' Game 6 win at home to even the series at 3-3.

More believable: Cavs sharpshooter Kyle Korver, who was swept in 2015 and 2016 by James as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, said James "wanted this game so bad", adding that he has seen James play "a lot of really great games" but this is near the top of the list. For the Cleveland Cavaliers, it will come down to them being able to win in Boston in Game 7 to get back to the Finals.

So much seems to favor the Celtics here, but it's so hard to bet against LeBron in a Game 7, especially when Boston is a young team lacking star talent (which isn't their own fault after the Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving injuries). Of all the Celtics, Morris will likely benefit the most when it comes to being at home.

He admitted to fatigue afterward, and then played all but two minutes in Game 6 despite a sore knee from a collision with Nance. "That's no excuse, so we're looking forward to it". James said. "If I'd have told you at the beginning of the season we only needed one game to make the NBA Finals, we'd take it".

It was the kind of game James has had his whole career in big moments, at least per usual.

Tyronn Lue initially stated during a conference call that Love was in the concussion protocol. It was more about the Cavs needing to play a different style to match the Warriors, one that required what Jefferson brought - length, athleticism, defensive versatility - more so than what Love did for long stretches. James had 32 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block, but lost the series in Game 7 despite putting up 45 points on the road. As a team, the Cavaliers shot 47 percent from the field and nine of 23 from the three-point line but more than ever, the Cavaliers relied heavily on James who put the team on his back.

Antunes asked the Cavaliers superstar about how he has evolved in clutch time over the years, saying "When the going gets tough, you're always hitting". "Nobody else has what he has on his shoulders playing the game", he said. Jeff Green added 14.

BOSTON - "Tyrone Corbin!" exclaimed Pat Riley, falling theatrically backward against a wall outside the visitors' locker room at Richfield Coliseum and all but leaving a grease stain of hair gel against it.