However, the Celtics have improved on the road as this series has gone on.
The last time the Cavs were in this situation - Game 7 of the first round against Indiana - James responded with 45 points. They realized James has reached seven straight NBA Finals, won three of those, and averaged about 30 points and a triple-double regardless of the opponent.
Game 6 is for everything.
It all ended with Morris, Nance and Rozier receiving technical fouls.
"He's an ultra talent, but some players are made for the regular season and some are built for the playoffs and Tatum is obviously built for the playoffs".
The paperback he's carrying around during the Eastern Conference finals is 'The Alchemist, ' the world renowned novel from Paulo Coehlo about a boy who looks for and finds his destiny. "I think everybody at this point is exhausted, worn down or whatever the case may be". After Game 5 he was asked if he was under the weather.
Another Celtics rookie, Semi Ojeleye, also earned a mention in the form of one second-team vote. Cleveland's 96-83 Game 5 loss was ugly, and its opponents certainly earned it, but now the Cavs are going to need Game 6 to get Game 7.
"It happens, " Lue said. We've got EXCLUSIVE details on how LeBron James is telling Tristan Thompson to get his cheating scandal out of his head. "But I don't think that's specific - not like there's multiple times where we necessarily missed Jayson on that".
Can the Celtics stay close early on?
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team above.600, 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 35-16 ATS in their last 51 games overall. They understood the importance of Game. "It doesn't get any better than that", he said.
Boston regained the series lead 3-2 by jumping out to a 32-19 advantage after the first quarter.
And, for the first time this season, maybe even showed signs of his age (33 years) and 15 seasons in the league.
Will the Celtics make more adjustments?Baynes has had trouble dealing with LeBron James while defending in the pick-and-roll, and Cleveland had success using James to attack him in isolation on several occasions in Game 5.
Lue inexplicably left Kyle Korver off the floor for long stretches and following the game he curiously explained that Stevens' rotation "kind of threw us for a loop". But we just come out and be aggressive. "We wanted to play big a little more, but it was more to get two wings off the bench so that we could then rotate our wings with quick breaks around the timeouts if we could".