Love exited Game 6 after colliding with the Celtics Jayson Tatum. Their winner-takes-all match up Sunday night starts at 8:30 p.m. Like Korver, he sounded awestruck, saying he is amazed at what James is able to do despite how long he has been in the league, the minutes he has played and the "guys he has hanging off his body".
Cleveland's medical staff checked Love for a concussion, and the team announced at halftime the 29-year-old would not return to the game as a precaution.
LeBron James had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Kevin Love scored 14 for the Cavaliers, who are trying to reach the finals for the fourth consecutive season. "Championship pedigree, giving it his all".
"Other than that, his recovery is going great, and we're excited about that", said Stevens. "The playoffs bring the best out of people and out of players, and hopefully we keep it going". He delivered. He was up for the challenge. "I appreciate you saying I've been clutch my whole career", LeBron said during the press conference. "He carried us home as usual".
But after a brief time on the floor to compose himself, the four-time MVP recovered to close the game out with devastating back-to-back threes to extend the series.
A chance to go to the NBA Finals.
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In Games 1, 2 and 5 in Boston, the Cavs went 0-3 and were outscored by 51 points.
While much of the focus nationally Friday will be on James as he looks to bounce back from a tortured trip to Boston in what may be the impending free agent's final home game in his native Northeast Ohio, the Celtics must keep the focus on themselves.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens believes the Cavaliers are risky even without Love. Hill said he could not even put into words what it's like to see him consistently make crucial plays.
"It's about just winning the game now", Marcus Smart said after the Cavaliers emerged with a 109-99 triumph at Quicken Loans Arena.
Whether it was his clutch, dagger three-pointers, ability to sit out less than two minutes, or (somehow) nearly notching yet another triple-double while scoring 40-plus points for the seventh time this postseason, James continued to amaze everyone watching, both inside Quicken Loans Arena and on television. James said he remembered the visit, then offered high praise for modern-day Tatum. It would be something special for this group to be the ones that end the reign of king James, and it would be fitting if this franchise once again knocked James out of the playoffs and out of Cleveland. Michael Jordan also had seven, one off Jerry West's record set in 1965.More news: Mohamed Salah leaves Champions League final in tears with shoulder injury