LeBron James leads Cavs past Celtics and into NBA Finals

LeBron James

LeBron James

LeBron James put Cleveland in the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive season Sunday night, and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert refuses to look past the upcoming seven-game series against either Houston or Golden State.

Curry concedes that, yes of course LeBron James is an fantastic player who carries much of the burden in Cleveland, but argues that his teammates deserve a bit of credit for helping him reach his eighth consecutive NBA Finals.

Jeff Green finished with 19 points and eight rebounds, JR Smith added 12 points and Tristan Thompson scored 10 for Cleveland, who beat Boston 109-99 on Friday to force game seven.

Elite in all facets of the game, James controlled the tempo and stepped up defensively to stop Boston's young, athletic line-up at TD Garden.

The absence of Kevin Love, who was sidelined with a concussion suffered early in Game Six, left Cleveland without a true second scoring option alongside James.

Tatum scored 24 for Boston, who had been bidding to make the National Basketball Association finals for the first time since 2010, while Horford added 17.

The pertinent question for the Cavaliers is whether they can possibly continue to expect so much from James, and whether he will have any interest in playing for a franchise that requires nightly stardom from him in order to succeed.

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"I'm the leader of this team, and I'm going to give what I've got". "It's been good, it's been bad, it's been roses, there have been thorns in the roses", he said. "Just one of those nights" was a phrase uttered multiple times in the Boston locker room afterward.

"I think we've played now until May 25th and May 27th the last two years, and we started on September 25th", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "It's ridiculous and he does it with the pressure and scrutiny".

James just made sure it wasn't him.

LeBron scored 12 of the Cavaliers' 18 first-quarter points while the non-LeBron Cavs shot just 2 of 9 from the floor. They can say that they made it to Game 7 of the conference finals without two of their three best players. In that memorable double-overtime game, in which LeBron laced up the Zoom Soldier 1, he recorded 25 straight points on the road to lift Cleveland to a 109-107 victory.

The Celtics' 79 points were a playoff low against the Cavs. "My respect for him and how he plays the game and how he approaches the game and how he works on his game ... being around him after a year and a half, it just keeps rising".

He even thought they could win a game shooting so poorly. It would be a shock if the Celtics weren't back in the conference finals again next year.

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