Jayson Tatum has scored more playoff points than any rookie since 1976

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"Uh-oh", Lue said Thursday as he punched in a code to silence the screaming siren.

As Jayson Tatum chased down the loose ball, he had to know LeBron James was lurking nearby.

The Cavs are in a unsafe spot.

Game 6 is for everything.

Among the noise that will surround - and possibly engulf - the Cleveland Cavaliers in the next two days will be chatter of LeBron James' streak of NBA Finals appearances possibly coming to an end.

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Now the Cavs will have to win a Game 7 in Boston to advance to their fourth straight NBA Finals.

He said: "I just enjoy playing in the big moments, in the big games". James swatted one of the rookie's offerings in the opening minute, as big a welcome-to-the-league moment as it gets. "I didn't mention fatigue, [the media] did".

Marcus Morris, who has been a primary defender on James this series, said the Celtics saw that James was getting exhausted.

It was a historic night for the Boston rookie, as he not only slipped past Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain to become only the sixth rookie in National Basketball Association history to score 300 postseason points, but he now just needs one more 20-point game to tie Milwaukee Bucks legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's rookie record of 10 in a postseason. "No concerns. You've got to be ready to play now". I think that's when I have the most fun, when things are on the line.

Whether he actually has enough gas in the tank to lead the Cavs past Game 6 and beyond is yet to be seen.

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The Celtics need to make sure they are able to disrupt a least part of his performance, because if it is as easy as the other games in Cleveland, James will absolutely crush them.

There was a time during Game 5 where it felt like the game was going to be a close contest. He bent at the waist grabbing his shorts, his breathing labored. James had six of those giveaways, though it should be pointed out he had seven turns in his Game 4 victory. James scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists, but he didn't dominate the game as he normally does. Solid, but sub-par by his standards and he committed six turnovers and missed some makeable layups. "So that's been kind of Kyle's matchup when he comes in the game".

Asked Thursday if he wished he had done anything differently, Lue bluntly said: "No". "You can make mistakes and still get away with it", head coach Tyronn Lue said.

Two hours before game time, an assistant coach opened his Apple laptop and sat with Semi Ojeleye, a muscular and athletic 6-foot-7 rookie. His body has been forced to handle more than he imagined. The Cavs were 3-1 at The Q against the Pacers in the first round, 2-0 against Toronto in the conference semifinals and 2-0 so far against the Celtics. The Celtics lead the series, 3-2, and can get to the NBA Finals with a win in Cleveland on Friday.

James isn't going to magically not be exhausted by Friday or Sunday. His second stint with the Cavs could end this summer if he opts out of his $35.6 million contract for next season and leaves again as a free agent, a decision he can delay again with a win. "He's just 20 years old and he has a long way to go, but he's just scratching the surface of how great he can really be".

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