Moments later, Love fell to the court in pain. "Either you're being very kind because it's National Wine Day, or I love Brazil, or I don't know what it is right now". Boston has only managed to win one road game in the 2018 Playoffs, but it still finds itself one win away from the NBA Finals.
"That's the best recovery that you can possibly get, is when you're sleeping".
It's fair to wonder whether James has indeed played his final game in Cleveland as a Cav, 11 glorious and complicated seasons in. Jeff Green and Larry Nance Jr. came off the bench to score 14 and 10 points, respectively.
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.
Now, Hartstein has examined every matchup, every player and every trend for Game 7 and locked in his pick. The fourth-year pro can't complain about not getting his shots; he's attempted 41 in the five games he's played in the series, but has connected on just 13 of them - shooting 32 percent from the floor in the ECF; 31 percent in the 2018 postseason. The Cavaliers announced at halftime that Love - who has been in the concussion protocol multiple times in the past - would not return for the balance of Game 6, and was being evaluated for a concussion.
The final game of that series, however, was almost as dramatic, with it going down to the last minutes of the fourth quarter before the Heat would eventually win. They need to do Sunday what they did in that first Game 7 - the win starts on the defensive end, making LeBron work for his buckets and not letting the supporting cast get rolling.
After Game 6, LeBron has now won more than twice as many elimination games as Jordan, while also outscoring Jordan in the process.
Still, the four-time MVP carried his team even after Love banged heads with Boston's Jayson Tatum in the first half and left the game. The problem? They may have to try and do so without Kevin Love. He was helped off the court and escorted to the locker room for further evaluation. On Monday night, the airwaves are a little more crowded than on Sunday, with ABC airing a new Bachelorette, Fox running two bonus episodes of the just-canceled Lucifer, and NBC offering Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. And any talk about James' future is on hold. "I know what I'm capable of doing, and I'm going to trust everything I put into it".
Celtics: Own a 37-0 record when leading a series 2-0.
It was an extraordinary display which left Celtics coach Brad Stevens searching for answers.
"We'll have to prepare our team to play well, regardless of who plays for them", Stevens said. "I think he might have just banged his knee, but other than that, he's fine". James has either posted a triple double or scored at least 40 points in seven straight elimination games.
Aron Baynes and his Boston Celtics have failed to eliminate the Cleveland Cavaliers from the National Basketball Association playoffs after LeBron James delivered another Herculean performance. He was one of the best 3 point shooters in the league in the regular season. "And until we're dead and in our grave, until Golden State's dead in their grave, it's not over".
"I'm sure it's a big loss for them", he said.