Boston will use same starting lineup in Game 6

King Back at home Celtics can dominate again — and they’d better

King Back at home Celtics can dominate again — and they’d better

He's joined on the list by Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Kyle Kuzma and Lauri Markkanen.

Tatum missed that distinction by one vote. Stevens said. "But he's ridiculous".

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are locked up in a heated matchup in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

If the Cleveland Cavaliers lose their May 25 playoff game against the Boston Celtics, they will miss out on the National Basketball Association finals for the first time in three years.

It's unclear which voter made the decision but the league will release this information in due course and there's no doubt that Celtics fans are waiting to call out that individual.

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. The impact helped the Celtics (55-27) negate the potential consequences of losing stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward to injuries.

Tatum has been excellent throughout the playoffs for the Celtics, leading the team in scoring at 18 points per game.

LeBron James didn't have his best stuff in Game 5. Then he moved back and hit three 3-pointers. James and Kevin Love were the only players to score in double figures. And the Celtics, to their credit, have not made it easy on him. And Tatum has never blinked. However, Boston shot less than 37 percent from the field as a team.

I think it's time to remind Chris Mannix (and all the other LeBron fawners out there) that Cleveland was -270 to win this series.

"I think considering what happened in game three and four with Tristan great on the glass and finishing around the basket, to start Baynes with a bigger body and going big with him and Horford, was pretty good", Lue said. James tells the truth. "I think everybody at this point is exhausted, worn down or whatever the case may be". If we continue to play defense the way we've been playing, I do love our chances. "The playoffs bring the best out of people and out of players, and hopefully we keep it going".

Where Tatum comes from is St. Louis, Chaminade and Duke. "We gotta get one more, though".

That speaks to what a great coach Brad Stevens is.

He's scored 312 ... and counting. Defensively, the Celtics were back to their best as they ran the Cavaliers off the three-point line and unlike in Games 3 and 4, they received plenty of production from their bench as Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart finished with 13 points apiece. That put Tatum at No. 6 all-time.

James, on many occasions this postseason, has shown that he possesses superpowers. Hill has 26 points in Cleveland and 15 points at TD Garden.

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 incredible 44-point, 10-rebound and 8-assist performance.

"It's not even something new at this point". That honor belongs to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who had 352 points for Milwaukee in 1970. "So now we've got to go home, win game six and come back here for game seven".

That isn't too bad, right?

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