Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers players had to be separated during a brief scuffle in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavs now lead the Celtics 54-43 at the half, and a big part of that is the 15-1 run Cleveland was able to run off, which helped them outscore Boston 34-18 in the second quarter.
"Back to the crib", Marcus Smart said.
"Somebody made a mistake", Boston coach Brad Stevens said.
Stevens added that injured point guard Shane Larkin is making progress but was unlikely to return to the lineup.
"This is the first series I've been a part of where both teams play completely different on the road", Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson said. The home team has won every game so far in the series, and none has been closer than nine points.
James has played more minutes than any other player this postseason at 648. "I think the unfortunate events of the injuries that they've had have allowed him to, I believe, get better faster than I believe they expected here".
"LeBron James has told his teammates that relationships and family concerns or issues and any other drama that might be happening in their lives doesn't matter today".
"But I think everyone at this point is exhausted, worn out or whatever the case may be", James said. These were the same types of discussions following Games 1 and 2, which were met with James leading the Cavs to big wins at home for Games 3 and 4.
"We're looking forward to having an opportunity to force a Game 7", said James, who had 26 points and 10 rebounds but also had six turnovers. Conversely, the Celtics buried 13 of their 39 triple tries and made 21 of their 23 attempts from the charity stripe.
The Cleveland Cavaliers didn't have it on Wednesday night as they dropped Game 5 to the Boston Celtics 96-83.
If it doesn't work, the Celtics have one more chance in Boston. James had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists at the half. All game long, the Cavaliers toggled between the suburbs and exurbs of contention, before moving decisively to distant rural reaches in the last six minutes. "We've just played really bad in Boston, and they probably feel the same way with how they played in Cleveland". "I think he's just starting to see his potential". "So now we've got to go home, win game six and come back here for game seven".
Two hours before game time, an assistant coach opened his Apple laptop and sat with Semi Ojeleye, a muscular and athletic 6-foot-7 rookie.