How good is LeBron James in playoff elimination games?

Cavaliers Headlines Kevin Love placed in concussion protocol listed as out for Game 7

Cavaliers Headlines Kevin Love placed in concussion protocol listed as out for Game 7

"The love of the game causes reactions like that", James said after the Cavaliers' 109-99 victory. Facing off against Paul Pierce, James had a spectacular game - scoring 45 points to go with five rebounds, six assists in two steals in almost 47 minutes. Having led Cleveland to the city's first major sports title in half a century in 2016, there is less pulling at him to stay home this time. He's LeBron James after all.

Despite the injuries and against the odds, the Boston Celtics are one win away from the 2018 National Basketball Association finals.

In Game 6 Friday night, he looked superhuman: gassed up, revved up and souped up.

That means James didn't get the job done this time - though he did have 27 points, eight rebounds and two assists in nearly 47 minutes in a lopsided Detroit victory that saw the rest of Cleveland's roster combine to shoot 9-for-41 and score 34 points.

Kevin Love's troubled season has twisted again. To get the win, they're going to need all the help they can get, especially after Kevin Love left the game in the first quarter after a nasty on-court collision. He spent a few moments on the bench before heading to the locker room for further evaluation. On Saturday, Love was placed in the league's concussion protocol and he'll be watching the final game of the ECF in street clothes.

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James weathered an early storm by the visiting C's, and took over the game by playing point-center with an energetic, defensively active reserve-heavy second unit early in the second quarter. The former Celtic finished 4-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the stripe, adding three boards and a pair of blocked shots.

The numbers are equally stark for JR Smith.

LeBron, five years into his career, walked into Boston and dropped 45 points in an all-time duel against Paul Pierce.

As the Cleveland Cavaliers attempt to clinch a trip to a fourth straight NBA Finals, they'll be without one of their top players. They weren't very competitive in any of them - just like Boston had trouble hanging with the Cavs in the three games in Cleveland. Game 6 was just the second time Horford has been limited to single-digit scoring this postseason.

Terry Rozier has been outstanding in the Playoffs - manning the point with both Kyrie Irving and Shane Larkin on the shelf. Compare that to the fact that he has shot just 26 percent from the floor and 22 percent from three-point range in the three home games and that's a significant difference between the two locations. The Celtics can withstand a single-man effort from James.

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Since James can't do everything by himself, the Cleveland supporting cast has to step up like it did in Game 6, as George Hill added 20 points to James' 46. "But also Jeff Green will be in, we're aware of him".

That'll likely mean more minutes and touches for Jordan Clarkson, who still hasn't gotten over the hump in his first foray into the postseason.

If this postseason hasn't proven it enough, winning a playoff game on the road in TD Garden is tough.

"Just a lot of heart, a lot of grit, bring resilient", James said.

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