ESPN Hits NBA Highs With Cavaliers-Celtics

Posted May 29, 2018

Given his young age, Tatum grew up idolizing LeBron James. Spectators (18,624) filled the arena and millions around the world watched on TV.

And it seems the sports betting world is pretty convinced Paul won't play in Monday night's Game 7 (or won't be almost as effective if he does).

The four-act production was not a work of art.

Then Gilbert looked to make a point that how his organization is viewed - as a chaotic, sometimes volatile enterprise - could actually be something that makes his team better on the biggest stage.

Houston Rockets guard James Harden left and forward Trevor Ariza sit on the bench during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland Calif. Saturday

They might have to do it without star Chris Paul, who is dealing with a strained right hamstring that kept him out of Game 6.

Boston made the mistake of using the three pointer as their main offensive weapon down the stretch but they finished a dismal seven-of-39 overall from beyond the arc. They won their first 10 home games of the postseason.

James poured in 35 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and dished out 9 assists in the Game 7 victory in Boston. The win sends James to his eighth consecutive NBA Finals, and it's the fourth straight for the Cavs.

That lead, though, was short-lived, as the Celtics seemed to shut down offensively. For that reason, there are several things that can be observed in a good light for the Rockets as they prepare for Game 7.

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"He's had a lot of gaudy games", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. For somebody to go through this their first time and go through a full National Basketball Association season - he played, I think, pretty much every game - and to be in these pressure situations in the playoffs, his composure, making play after play and really just poised and ready for moments all year.

When your supporting cast consists of a concussed Kevin Love, J.R. Smith and George Hill, there's nearly zero room for a night off.

Due to a two-month injury to Love, followed by injuries to Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr., the Cavs' coaches moved Green into the starting front court in March, where he made his 13 starts.

After the game, he was understandably exhausted. Getting off to a good start is important, going into halftime with a good lead and then finishing strong in the second half will be key. Love missed Game 7 of the conference finals after suffering a concussion in Game 6. In the end, Irving's absence was felt. And that glowing future is highlighted by the postseason play of rookie Jayson Tatum.

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James led that comeback to Cleveland's first title, and now he's got a shot for another unlikely one.

When Cleveland makes threes, it has a chance. "Just one of those nights" was a phrase uttered multiple times in the Boston locker room afterward.

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