LeBron and the Cavs will find out Monday night (May 28) who they will face in the NBA Finals as the Rockets and Warriors square off for Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.
Sure, James has been to eight straight NBA Finals and has won three championships with two different teams.
James, who entered with an NBA-record Game 7 average of 34.9 points, improved to 6-2 lifetime in Game 7s.
"The King" dropped 35 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists without taking his throne on the bench, not even for a single second in the 48-minute game.
Following the game, one of the first to speak with Tatum was LeBron James. Now that he knows he can lead a team to Game 7 of the conference finals, he'll have that much more confidence as Irving's backup next year.
After the game, James elaborated on his thoughts about Tatum.
"It's been good, it's been bad", James said.
"But what I've been telling the guys throughout the playoffs, as a team we are learning".
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the plan was to wear James out. They had signed Gordon Hayward as a free agent, only to lose him for the year to a frightful ankle injury in the first few minutes of the season. "It's ridiculous, and he does it at this level with the pressure and the scrutiny. our goal was to make him exert as much energy as humanly possible".
"For somebody to go through this their first time and go through a full National Basketball Association season - he played, I think, pretty much every game - and to be in these pressure situations in the playoffs, his composure, making play after play and really just poised and ready for moments all year".
The rookie broke through in a big way during the postseason, and now he'll head into the 2018-19 season as a key piece of an exceptionally loaded Celtics roster.
The Celtics have had more time to get used to their injuries: Gordon Hayward has been out since the first game of the season, and Kyrie Irving has been sidelined since March.
And with the postseason coming down to crunch time, we get to see big time players produce in big time spots. "It's just so intense in the playoffs and getting to the Finals and now the Finals, I don't think - and I know he doesn't - I don't think even our guys are talking (about anything other than) what's in front of them".
"It's one of those things where I really have to tip my hat (to James)", Celtics All-Star Al Horford said.
That sentiment rang especially true throughout the postseason, with the Indiana Pacers almost taking a 3-1 lead in the opening round before some clutch 3-point shooting from Korver in Game 4 saved the season.
"I just love everything about the kid - the way he plays the game, his demeanor, where he comes from", James said after Cleveland's 87-79 victory.