"It's a Game 7", James said.
The Cavaliers said Love experienced concussion-like symptoms Saturday before the team's flight to Boston. He then backtracked after further questioning to say that Love was still being evaluated and that he didn't know about the protocol process or whether Love would go into it.
Cavaliers: this was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason. "For me, I don't put too much-added pressure on myself".
This back-and-forth series, in which home court has meant everything, will have a climatic conclusion Sunday at TD Center, where the Celtics are 10-0 this postseason.
If that doesn't smell enough like victory to you, then consider that Friday's Game 6 was up almost 6% from the Celtics' winning Game 5 of May 23, which also topped that night. Before the game started, you likely heard about his elimination-game averages of 33.5 points, the most in National Basketball Association history, plus 10.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists.
James was writhing in pain on the floor, but eventually got up and finished the game. We needed that, especially when Kevin went down.
In this series, James has averaged 39 points per game at home, 27.7 per in the three games in Boston. "I mean, I don't enjoy being in a position where it's like, you lose, you go home", he said, adding that he hasn't won every elimination game and has been "subpar" in some of them.
LeBron will look to lead his team to perhaps the most improbable Finals appearance in his Hall of Fame career on Sunday night.
If you're going to basketball war, there is nobody better to have leading the charge than the most ideal basketball machine ever created - even if he might be a little winded.
That machine was on full display in Game 6 Friday night, unleashing a monstrous display of domination. And with the injury bug hitting the Western Conference finalists - Chris Paul was the latest ruled out for a game - the East champion might not be as big an underdog as expected. "I think that the way in which he's done that and all of the years now that he's made The Finals and gone deep into the playoffs, it's unbelievable". Overall, the Celtics shot 51 percent from the field.