Given that information, it seems likely that James and company will manage to get out of tonight's game with a victory.
Back and forth the Celtics went, arguing who deserves the title of greatest player ever.
In 21 games in which his team has faced elimination in the playoffs, James is averaging an NBA-record 33.5 points.
It's not a great omen when one of the (maybe) two players who consistently perform for your team is exhausted. If that comes to pass, the true challenge will be finding a way to buck the trend of the series and get a win when they head back to Boston for Game 7.More news: Ebola cases on rise, reach 14 in DRC
All of those were fitting moments, but one that occurred recently may have officially solidified Donovan's "arrival" - he starred in the latest episode of Bleacher Report's renowned "Game of Zones" that dropped Thursday. He turned it over seven times when the Cavs won Game 4, 111-102.
So, yes, the stakes couldn't be higher.
A hoard of Celtics surrounded the players before wrapping up Morris and keeping him away from Nance. Baynes has had trouble dealing with LeBron James while defending in the pick-and-roll, and Cleveland had success using James to attack him in isolation on several occasions in Game 5. I know it's coming. Recently, LeBron James effectively blessed Tatum in praising the youngster's composure and talent and, in advance of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Tatum received an incredible compliment from Celtics legend Paul Pierce.
James admitted to having "moments" of fatigue, but with the Cavs now facing playoff elimination, LBJ says he'll be just fine heading into a must-win Game 6.More news: Battlefield V Ditches the Premium Pass, Launches in October
Boston improved to 10-0 at home this postseason and moved to within one win of an improbable trip to the NBA Finals. Baynes finished the game with six points, seven rebounds, and three blocks. Both Lue and James acknowledged that was the case.
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.
The Cavaliers committed 15 turnovers.
In addition to the turnovers, missed three-pointers and free throw woes, the Cavaliers were outhustled on the glass and outrebounded, 45-39, by the Celtics. And teammates believe that - with 97 games now under his belt this season - it's time to stop calling him a rookie.More news: Memorial Day events in Westmoreland County
The Celtics played two pretty bad games in Cleveland earlier this series when they were pounded by 30 in Game 3 and didn't recover from a slow first quarter in a 111-102 loss in Game 4. You can't live or die with every loss or win. We've still got to play. The pattern continued in Game 5 when the Celtics won the first 12 minutes 32-19 and went on to defeat the Cavs by that same margin.
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