Boston will use same starting lineup in Game 6

Boston will use same starting lineup in Game 6

LeBron James's teams have faced an elimination game 21 times in the playoffs. In game five he looked gassed and not ready to give the kind of performance they need. Cleveland posted an offensive rebound rate of just 9.1% for the game, an extremely far cry from the 20.4% mark they'd posted throughout the series coming into the contest.

Beaten for the third time in Boston in these home-sweet-home Eastern Conference finals, Cleveland will face its second elimination game of the postseason on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena. "I haven't always been successful, obviously". His always stellar free throw percentage was at 83% though he only got to the line 7.8 times per game (lowest of any championship run for him).

Kevin Love, with 14 points, was the only other player to score in double figures for the Cavs, who host Game 6 on Friday trying to stay on track for a 4th straight trip to the Finals.

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But Cavs coach Tyronn Lue doesn't believe that is having any impact on the series. "We've just played really bad in Boston, and they probably feel the same way with how they played in Cleveland".

"We've got to be focused, composed and play with a lot of poise and we'll be fine", he said, clearly up for the challenge. Tatum's length and quickness interfered with Cleveland's passing lanes, and he made several defensive plays to deny a pass to James. The Celtics are now a flawless 10-0 at home and just 1-6 on the road.

Despite shooting only 36 percent, the Celtics improved to 10-0 at home in the playoffs as coach Brad Stevens changed his starting lineup, shortened his rotation to seven and released waves of defenders at James, who looked worn down as he attempts to advance to the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year.

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There's little LeBron James can do on the court to tarnish his legacy. James finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists but committed six turnovers and looked exhausted at times. That season, Boston knocked out James and the Cavs in six games in the second round, and James left the Cavs for the Miami Heat. There was plenty of roasting among all the rookies in the episode and sure I'm biased, but I'm pretty sure Donovan came out on top. We've got two chances to get one, so our mindset is to leave everything on the floor, make it as tough as possible, and this is the moment you've been waiting for.

This beleaguered Celtics team, hammered by injuries to its best players, has pushed LeBron James to the brink.

With Baynes playing a more central role, the Celtics completely erased the advantage on the glass that Lue made reference to after the game. Although all that wheeling and dealing helped the Cavs get to where they are now, how tough do you think it was to gel with a whole new roster?

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