Aron Baynes stars as Boston Celtics take series lead over Cleveland Cavaliers

King Back at home Celtics can dominate again — and they’d better

King Back at home Celtics can dominate again — and they’d better

Boston dug themselves a hole they weren't able to climb out of when they were outscored by 16 points in the opening quarter of Game 4. Not on a night where Tristan Thompson scored a single point, J.R. Smith two and George Hill seven.

If the first five games of the Eastern Conference Finals are any indication, the Game 6 result isn't hard to predict.

James isn't going to go away quietly. "I would think he would get a little exhausted".

"He's not going to have the stats that these other guys like Donovan Mitchell have and Simmons, but you can tell he was made for the playoffs". I know he'll be great tomorrow, and then after that we'll see.

LeBron James knew better than to give the perception that he was making excuses when asked about his health after Wednesday's Game 5 loss. "But there's no question in my mind he'll bounce back tomorrow". Boston's 13-point win in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals did more than just move it ahead in the series. And if he didn't have a team full of guys who are really good players and with two All-Stars, he could easily have won Rookie of the Year.

"I don't enjoy being in a position where you lose and go home, but just try to extend the series as long as I can and just try put myself and my team in position to continue to play", he said. "We play well at the crib".

James is exhausted - for good reason. But after using just a seven-man rotation Wednesday night, Stevens could mix it up again, and remains confident in Ojeleye, who did not play in Game 5. The Cavs were forced into 15 turnovers.

The Cavs' loss can't be blamed on possible fatigue for James.

His 27.5 ppg are the most since 2011-12, his 9.1 apg are the most ever for James, and his 8.6 rpg match last year's career-high. "I was still trying to make plays", he said.

"I would guess out but I haven't gotten any word today", said Stevens.

James handles the ball more than anyone, so he has more chance to make mistakes.

In 21 games in which his team has faced elimination in the playoffs, James is averaging an NBA-record 33.5 points. Baynes rewarded his coach's trust with six points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes.

Morris has also been one of the bodies that Boston runs at LeBron defensively throughout this series.

But before he picks home or Philadelphia or Los Angeles or anywhere else, he's got at least one more game in Cleveland. James swatted one of the rookie's offerings in the opening minute, as big a welcome-to-the-league moment as it gets.

"No. I'm fine, " James said. "And I didn't mention the fatigue, either".

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