Now, the only question is who the Cavaliers will play for a chance at their second title in three years: The Rockets host Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against Golden State on Monday night, and the victor will host the opener of the NBA Finals on Thursday. Just the same you can download the Watch ESPN app onto your mobile phone or tablet and use your subscriber login to access the Game 7 live stream.
Here James is, again, going to a Finals.
The Celtics had pushed their lead to as high as 12 early in the second quarter but endured one of their all-too-familiar scoring droughts.
But this series, this game, was a final gasp for the Cavs as we know them. "So just in my first year, to be able to compete against a player like him and be a few shots away from beating him and his team to go to the championship is something I will always remember". LeBron's supporting cast may not be as hapless as SNL skits would suggest, but he's also playing with a degree of difficulty that most stars of his caliber are actively avoiding with their offseason decisions. James might sign back in Cleveland this summer, or he might pack up and head West.More news: Significant flooding, water rescues underway in Ellicott City
The Cavaliers went on to win the game, 87-79, and took the series, 4-3, after going down 0-2 against the Celtics.
"FIrst of all, I think we talked about being very appreciative of getting the chance to be around each other all year", Stevens said. Jeff Green stepped up to score 19 points and grab eight boards.
The home team has won every single game in dominant fashion.
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Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love has a concussion and will miss Game 7. Bringing his team back from 3-1 to beat the Warriors in 2016 certainly has an argument, but you can't deny that what LeBron has done this postseason, at the age of 33 and playing the minutes that he has, is truly remarkable. But this may have been one of his more remarkable accomplishments.
"I haven't even really kind of processed it", James said. But only two Cavs (James and Love at 12.5 ppg) averaged double figures in the series.
And that's what's gotten the Cavs to this point - James resigning himself almost four months ago to a season of heavy lifting.
"We got to be ready to come up with our nose bloodied, we got to be ready to come out with our mouth bloodied, we have to come out ready to fight".More news: NAB outage caused by power cut to mainframe
"There's not much I can say to try to describe what he does for us", Green said. For the rest of the league, including James, that's a nightmare.