On top of that, James has been down 3-2 to the Celtics since that last loss, and Boston does not need to be reminded of the effort he put forth to make sure he overcame a much more established team then they have right now.
"I love the way we defended and for the most part if you take away Game 1 and the second half of Game 2, we've been defending at a high clip", James said. "It's a heck of a challenge".
Here's to hoping Love not only feels better, but is able to pass all the tests in the next couple days so the Cavs can be at full strength for their biggest game of the season.
Still down four points with almost seven minutes left in the game, Tatum made a decision to take things into his own hands. "I was just hoping for the best, obviously, because I've seen so many different injuries, and watching basketball with that type of injury, someone fall into one's leg standing straight up".
"He's had a lot of gaudy games", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. "But we just had one of those nights".More news: Hurricane season 2018 predictions: how bad will we get hit this year?
But James drilled back-to-back three-pointers in a 43-second span to up the lead to 107-96 and quash remaining suspense. In elimination games throughout his career, James has averaged 33.5 points per game.
"It becomes ever more obvious as you go round to round", said Stevens. "You're not going to get anywhere by looking ahead or behind. you have to stay in the moment".
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.
For James, a potential free agent, the victory postponed a decision about his future until next month.
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Then his team went out and proved it. 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. Jeff Green, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson all helped to key a 20-4 run, capped by Clarkson's fast break finger-roll, that saw the Cavaliers take their first double-digit lead of the night. They've won 12 of those games.
The Celtics actually won the first quarter, 25-20, which had been a recipe for success in the series.
"I'm very fortunate and blessed to have (James) on our side this time", quipped George Hill after the win.
He scored 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in a 109-99 win at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The Cavs didn't miss Love much, after he banged heads with Tatum in the first quarter and was ruled out for the night at halftime.
Point guard George Hill turned in his most aggressive and effective game of the series, scoring 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting with a flawless 6-for-6 mark from the free-throw line to go with three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 34 minutes.More news: Confetti falls at start of Game 7 vs. Cavs