LeBron lays out plan for injured leg ahead of Game 7

May 28, 2018, 01:13
LeBron lays out plan for injured leg ahead of Game 7

Nance has been crucial in taking the Boston Celtics to seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals, and with Kevin Love's injury, he will have an even larger role in the rubber-match.

It's really not much of a bold statement saying that the Celtics will win Game 7, because they have been a completely different team at home, compared to the road.

The 14-time All Star James has made the past seven National Basketball Association finals with Miami Heat and Cleveland, and if the Cavaliers become the first team to win on the road in this Eastern Conference finals series, he will be in his eighth.

In those 21 games, James is averaging 33.5 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 0.95 blocks and 1.7 steals.

Boston's Jaylen Brown had been struggling in Cleveland before notching 27 points on Friday night - going 11-of-18 from the floor, but finishing with only three boards and an assist. Overall, James is 8-2 this postseason when he's logged 40+ minutes. Love lasted just five minutes before leaving with a possible concussion after a collision with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum. "Championship pedigree, giving it his all".

He departed the game with less than a minute remaining to a frenzied ovation.

Brad Stevens says that "it's an absolute blast" to prepare for Game 7, especially up against a "tremendous individual player" in LeBron James.

In this series, whichever team has won the rebounding battle has won the game. With LeBron James expected to be under duress every time he touches the ball, it's vital for Hill to hit his mid-range jumpers. He needs to make shots outside the paint, but I think the most important thing for Tatum on Sunday will be getting to the rim. The first one was ridiculous. Jeff Green added 14 off the bench, Larry Nance had 10 and Kyle Korver and Jordan Clarkson chipped in six apiece as the Cavs reserves helped fill the void left by Love's early exit. After the game, Love admitted that it's a "toss-up" whether he'll be able to play in Game 7 or not, according to The Athletic's Jason Lloyd.

The Cavs announced an hour later at halftime that Love was being evaluated for a concussion and wouldn't return. "I've always said Game 7 is the best two hours in sports, so let's go have fun with it". "We needed him to be big and he was big". And, just to make sure, James was brilliant: playing all but 28 seconds of the game, he had 31 points and 12 rebounds.

After a few moments he rose gingerly and continued.

"It's not going to be pretty", Celtics guard Marcus Smart said. We've gotta be willing to come out of it with our noses bloody, with ours mouths bloody. We all have a job to do and that's go out and try to play the best we can.

The play was reminiscent of when Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia fell into teammate Kevin Durant's leg and caused the former MVP to miss a chunk of the 2016-17 season.