Bulpett: Pressure back on LeBron James, Cavaliers after Game 5 loss

Al Horford lands a spot on the NBA's All Defense second team

Al Horford lands a spot on the NBA's All Defense second team

Fatigue appears to be catching up with LeBron James after accumulating far too many minutes this season (he led the league). But the so-called "other Cavs" also made their presence felt. James (26 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) and Love (14 points and seven rebounds) did what they could, yet the Cavaliers' other starters, George Hill, J.R. Smith and Thompson, combined for only 10 points.

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 wonderful 44-point, 10-rebound and 8-assist performance. "I've just been enjoying it, the level of play, the atmosphere".

The last time the Cavs were in this situation - Game 7 of the first round against Indiana - James responded with 45 points. "The playoffs bring the best out of people and out of players, and hopefully we keep it going". "Here, we're trying to knock off a group with a number of champions and a generational player".

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.

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. The Cavs had a similar victory when they returned to Quicken Loans Arena, taking a 34-19 lead into the second quarter and winning Game 3 by 30 points.

James said after the game, according to IBTimes: "I love Kyle ever since we made the trade to get him here". I have no idea how (former Cavs GM David Griffin) was able to pull that off to this day. He's just a true professional.

"Just putting his mind and his body into it". It's not about his age.

"I didn't think we played well tonight at all", said Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue. I know he'll be great tomorrow, and then after that we'll see. In fact, according to Second Spectrum, there have been 22 times this postseason alone that he has moved faster than that. "But I saw the ball and he was there and (I) just kind of went for it".

Lue called Korver a "pro's pro" and spoke highly of how the 37-year-old did his best to go toe-to-toe with Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier, both of whom are over a decade younger.

More baffling was Lue's answer to a question about why he did not use more of Kyle Korver, his sharpshooting 3-point specialist.

"He looked a little exhausted to me", Lue said.

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