And yet the 20-year-old rookie showed no fear, no hesitation while immediately attacking the basket.
James denied he was sick, but had "moments" of being exhausted.
The Cleveland Cavaliers lost a grind of a Game 5, 96-83 in Boston Wednesday and are now facing elimination in Friday's Game 6. Boston has played a solid eight-man rotation in this series, and all but 6-foot-2 Terry Rozier has the size, length and athleticism to at least slow down LeBron James from time to time.
"We had moments but we just didn't make enough plays".
"I would guess out but I haven't gotten any word today", said Stevens. A lot of guys stepped up tonight.More news: Distribution Plans and Release Dates Set For 'James Bond 25'
"In all our sitdowns - and, you know, I obviously see him regularly but - in our sitdowns or just our casual conversations, he seems to be in a great place."
LeBron James sat closest to the locker room door in the aftermath of another bad road loss, mostly silent with both knees wrapped in ice.
And in the most crucial game of the season, James, brilliant these entire playoffs, was average.
"His composure, he plays above his age". James and Kevin Love were the only players to score in double figures. Their only win away from TD Garden came in overtime. "He's a very, very, very good player already and he definitely, at this pace, can become a great player".
"It's not even something new at this point".More news: Honda unveils freaky Civic Type R pickup truck concept
"It's my first year". "But I think they all will tell you Baynes is one of the toughest we've all been around". The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger. Jayson Tatum looked like a veteran out there as he led the team with 24 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks, Jaylen Brown added 17 points while Al Horford chipped in with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Nance to jump up and body checked him; Morris responded with a one-handed shove to the face.
Reserves Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 13. "Everybody knows these games are coming pretty quick; games are coming fast". At the end of the day, I mean, s-- I'm exhausted. I'm exhausted. Everybody else is exhausted. We've got to play well, and we understand that. "But I think everybody at this point is exhausted, worn down or whatever the case may be". Boston fans chanted "Celts in six!" near the end of Wednesday's game.
Much of the credit goes to Boston's No.1 ranked defense, but Cleveland deserves a large share of the blame.
For one night, the Celtics will simply revel in sitting on the cusp of an improbable Finals trip. He played 19 games in those playoffs as the Bulls ran through everyone in 16-3 fashion.
As for the Cavaliers, they are putting up 101.6 points with a 46.0 field goal shooting percentage since the playoffs started.More news: Man United set to pull out of £53m deal to sign Brazilian