Even though the Philadelphia 76ers are now in offseason mode, all eyes will be on LeBron James on Sunday night, as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics will be battling it out for a trip to the NBA Finals.
Tatum had a dunk over James with 6:41 left - staring down the Cavaliers star and bumping him with his chest - then followed it with a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead. Jeff Green started in Love's place and scored 19 points.
LeBron's a different dude these days and he'll be ready to rumble with an eighth-straight trip to the NBA Finals riding on tonight.
But Green's larger role remains unchanged: do whatever is necessary to help LeBron James carry the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year. The Cavaliers announced Kevin Love is out because of concussion symptoms, so no one else on the roster will likely take too many shots Sunday.
"Right around the trade deadline, no matter if we made a trade or not at that time, I kind of just switched my mindset on saying, 'Let's just get the most out of this season I can'".
James and Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum traded baskets in the final minutes. "I can't say enough good things about him".
If they can force a tired LeBron James into more turnovers and get him to settle for three-pointers, they will have an excellent chance to cover and possibly even close out the Cavaliers.
Boston ended the second with a wide open missed 3-pointer by Brown, a play that in many ways symbolized how they closed out the first half with several opportunities to increase their lead. Rozier scored just four points in Game 7 on 2 of 14 shooting (0 for 10 from 3-point range). Tatum one-handed the ball over LeBron, bringing TD Garden to an enormous roar and giving his Celtics new life in a game that meant everything to both teams.
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