The team said on Saturday that Love, who bashed heads with the Boston rookie Jayson Tatum in the first half of Cleveland’s Game 6 win on Friday night, experienced concussion-like symptoms before the team’s flight and has been placed in the N.B.A.’s concussion protocol.
LeBron James was absolutely awesome last night in Cleveland’s 109-99 win over Boston to force a game 7 tomorrow. LeBron finished with 46 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists and at least dive plays that you couldn’t expect any other player in the league to make in a game with these stakes.
It is the stuff of legend and champions as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers said on Friday that they would not be going quietly into the National Basketball Association playoffs elimination night.
The Celtics need to solve a riddle during Sunday night’s Game 7. Interestingly, that was also the last time James was down 2-0 in a series in the East, which the Celtics closed out in six.
But the game ultimately came down to the C’s going through one of its scoring lulls, getting behind by double digits and not making that one shot or getting that clutch defensive stop to swing the momentum in their favor. It was unbelievable because he appeared to hurt himself when banging knees with Larry Nance Jr.in the fourth quarter, limping around a bit but insisting on staying in the game.
If daytime sports television is any indication, we’re going to be having the LeBron vs. Michael Jordan debate almost every day for the next several years, if not several decades.
Coach Brad Stevens expects to see a resilient Boston squad as the Celtics try to clinch an NBA Finals berth for the first time in 8 years.
Timing can be a odd thing in sports, because people have continually said this is the worst team James has had around him since that last loss to the Celtics in 2010. “It was just a feeling that you can’t explain unless you’ve been a part of it”. He was taken to the Cavs’ locker room shortly after.
That was despite Love – second only to James in terms of importance to the organisation – going off injury early on in the game.
James has played 20 games in the postseason here, most of any road arena. Limiting their impact will be among the chief goals for the Celtics heading into Sunday’s Game 7 matchup.
“We were short on timeouts and I was about to take one”, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of incident.
Veteran Jeff Green, the former Georgetown star (and former Celtic), seems to be a logical choice to take many of Love’s minutes.
He shot 52 percent from the field (17-for-33) and 71 percent from behind the arc (5-for-7), including two dagger threes from his favorite spot on the left wing, late in the game that served as a dismissive “nice try fellas, you can run along now”, pat on the head to the vanquished Celtics.