LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers have pulled off a major upset knocking out favourites Boston Celtics in game seven at TD Garden to secure a fourth straight Eastern Conference championship for the club. Coach Tyronn Lue listened and kept James on the floor until the outcome was secured with 57 seconds remaining.
Sharing a stage with Tatum at a news conference following Boston's Game 7 loss, veteran Al Horford heaped praise on Tatum as well. "Obviously, getting a couple of minutes [of rest] per quarter would be great, but that's not what our team is built on right now".
"It was asked of me tonight to play the whole game", he said. "It's just the way we've been playing, and we've been succeeding with it".
James played all 82 regular-season games for the first time in his career and is already at 100 for the year with at least four more to come.
He'll have to come up clutch once again when they face the Celtics in Boston for Game 7 this Sunday.More news: China slams United States warships in South China Sea as 'a provocation'
James has demonstrated throughout this postseason he doesn't require much help, but he does need something from someone.
He is 3-4 in seven-game series in which he has trailed 2-0. I just go out and play my game.
For James, a potential free agent, the victory postponed a decision about his future until next month.
The Cavaliers are expected to be underdogs against either.
James has the durability, he has the endurance, and he's proven to be the most important player on any team this postseason. Here, I just think that our guys just feel comfortable and good. "I just like to compete".
Meanwhile, rookie Jayson Tatum scored 24 points to lead the Celtics Sunday evening.More news: Most dramatic images of Maryland’s catastrophic flash flood
LeBron finished the game with 35 of Cleveland's 87 points.
It's not the one they want. It also marks the eighth consecutive year that James will be in the finals, having reached it the previous four years with the Miami Heat.
This might be his weakest supporting cast. J.R. Smith added 12 points. "When things that are tough happen, we don't want to take big dips".
The victory puts the Cavaliers into the National Basketball Association finals for the fourth straight year. "We've got to get the job done". "I've always said Game 7 is the best two hours in sports, so let's go have fun with it".
"I have learned probably everything alongside possibly the best player to have played this game", said Green.More news: Woman held captive slips note to veterinary employee