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"He's going to continue to get better". In Game 7 in Miami, James had 31 points and 12 boards as the Heat won the series en route to the NBA Championship.

When the game victor at the buzzer in Game 5 against the Indiana Pacers fell through the net in the first round - a step-back 3-pointer that probably ended up tipping the series in the Cavs' favor - James jumped on the scorer's table to lead the celebration.

Game 6 is in Cleveland on Friday night, with the decisive seventh game back in Boston on Sunday if necessary. But other than a few breaks here and there, James rarely leaves the game.

James also passed Karl Malone for sixth place all-time in playoff rebounds. When anyone in that group has showed up, the Cavs have won.

So, yes, the stakes couldn't be higher. But the Cavs' chances of winning decrease when their best player averages six turnovers a game and teammates don't pitch in.

"Kevin Love was evaluated today prior to the team's flight to Boston this afternoon", the Cavs said in a statement on Saturday.

". So I think that's one of the reasons why their defense has been up and down".

Of course, LeBron will be good to go for Game 7 in Boston Sunday.

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Again, if the rumors are to be believed and James is on his way out of Cleveland again, history has a shot at coming pretty close to repeating itself here.

The Celtics have been a much better team at home than on the road this postseason and players have said the atmosphere at TD Garden has contributed to their success.

Horford finished with 6 points on 2-of-8 shooting with 9 rebounds and 4 assists over 37 minutes in Game 6. Coach Tyronn Lue listened and kept James on the floor until the outcome was secured with 57 seconds remaining.

Tatum was involved in a collision with power forward Kevin Love early in the game.

"It's going to take everything that we have", Celtics guard Marcus Smart said. They outrebounded the Cavaliers, 45-39, and were more careful with the ball. George Hill scored 20 points Friday.

"You can't live or die with every loss or win", Stevens said. I haven't always played great in my career.

The last time the Cavs faced an elimination scenario - which means the last time they had to deal with the whole "LeBron's last game" narrative - was Game 7 of the first round against the Pacers.

Whether it's his energy, aggressiveness, or ability to both score and grab rebounds off the bench, Nance has been quite a nice addition to the Cavs' rotation, one that they badly missed. I felt some pain throughout my entire right side of my ankle into my leg.

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