Boston's strategy has been simple but also incredibly hard to execute: Put your most muscular players in the game and hope they can withstand the beating James administers while also taking away Cleveland's other looks. He finished with 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, that included two awesome dagger 3-pointers in the final minutes. Tatum was dazed by the blow, but Love crumpled to the court and held the back of his head.
Morris was asked after the game about what he said to Nance. "I think that the way in which he's done that and all of the years now that he's made The Finals and gone deep into the playoffs, it's unbelievable".
Though a reporter asked how he felt, James did volunteer that he was exhausted. James has done this a few times and has the media savvy to know not to provide a headline that could be construed as excuse-making.
The Cavaliers' role players really failed to show up in Game 5 so it's no surprise that the Celtics were able to win so easily in the end. "Guys are going to be physical, especially with me being the young guy".
Was Korver sore from his face-first dive late Monday night, something he alluded to in the locker room after the game? He played the game's first 35 minutes before resting, and expended enormous energy to keep the Cavs alive. This was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason.More news: Jacksonville Lands 13th On List For Population growth
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James had some bad turnovers (in further demonstration of incredible recall of his games, he would only consider three of those as being "careless").
And if the rumors are true, this could be James' final game with the Cavaliers in Cleveland. "I definitely can't say it on camera", Morris told reporters. The NBA is more geared towards the three-point shot now, and while James has not shot as well there as the past two postseasons, his 30.9% from deep means he can not be ignored there either. "It sounds insane because of the talent of the Warriors, but just the way their switching defense has given Golden State problems over the years, that gives the Celtics confidence".
That group rattled off a 20-4 run, and when the second quarter was over the Cavs were ahead 54-43. He had 13 points in the first quarter alone. "I think the unfortunate events of the injuries that they've had have allowed him to, I believe, get better faster than I believe they expected here".