In Game 5, James scored 10 points on nine iso possessions, Jordan Clarkson hit a three-point shot on his lone iso play and the rest of the team went 0 for 5. Then came a play in which James spun left and then back to the right with vertiginous speed, reared back on one leg and from 19 feet shot a high arcing shot that fell through the net without a ripple. 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.
There was the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer against the Indiana Pacers in Game 5 of the opening round, a final touch to an awesome 44-point, 10-rebound and 8-assist performance. "We had an opportunity, but we didn't make enough plays". It might also have something to do with the relentlessness of the Celtics, who have sent wave after wave of defenders at him all series, including Wednesday's 96-83 Game 5 victory that has pushed the Cavaliers to the brink of elimination and the Celtics within an improbable game of the NBA Finals.
"Just a lot of heart, a lot of grit, bring resilient", James said. The Truth says that while Tatum has looked unflappable in postseason play, he thought the pressure of the playoffs became too overwhelming for someone like Ben Simmons.
The Celtics lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 with a chance to close it out Friday night in Cleveland.
But we got Bron out with two-and-a-half minutes, and at the start of the fourth he wasnt ready to go. I just think that we can't get caught up in thinking about all the things we can't control. James isn't the free throw shooter Jordan was (73.2% in 2018 playoffs), but he has been getting to the line 9.6 times per game.
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Backed by a sea of towel-waving fans wearing white "Cleveland Whatever It Takes" T-shirts, James did just that to push the series to Boston, where he has had some of his biggest moments on the renowned parquet floor.
Morris was asked after the game about what he said to Nance.
He might not enjoy this position, but he's pretty good in it. And, of course, two doting parents and a support system that includes his godfather, Larry Hughes, the who starred for one season at St. Louis U. before embarking on an National Basketball Association career that began in 1998 and ended in 2012.
LeBron James age 33 season in the midst of what could be his eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals exceeds Jordan. And they can thank some of their youngest players for helping them get this far.