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Brad Stevens has been praised for continually coming up with inventive plays for the Celtics

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Boston's backcourt was horrific as Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier shot 8-of-42, offering little help to Jayson Tatum and Al Horford who both had strong performances.

After scoring 46 points in another elimination-game special for the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Friday night, James returns to the scene of his 2012 magic and tries to do it again in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night. The Cavaliers were probably far better a year ago and could only get a game from the Warriors.

James has led the Heat and Cavaliers to the Finals four times each now.

The audience is now only 41,000 viewers behind 2012 Eastern Conference Finals Game 7 - the Miami Heat and LeBron James vs. the Boston Celtics.

This might be his weakest supporting cast.

Jeff Green started in Love's place and totaled 19 points and eight rebounds in game seven.

"We said we want to do this for Kevin", Lue said. "So just to be able to compete against a player like him and be a few shots away from beating him and his team to go to a championship is something I will always remember".

"As far as being ready for Thursday, we're not sure". No matter whether we are picked to win or not, we have a great game plan.

Tatum was checked out by doctors Saturday and Stevens said there was "nothing there to be concerned about" with his star rookie.

When Nichols asked if James' relationship with Gilbert would affect his free-agency decision, James said, "We're going to see".

But the present still belongs to James.

The Cavaliers spent most of the third quarter, too, trying to fully overcome that 12-point hole they had fallen into in the first half - and used their defense to do it. James did not run back down the court, resting up while Green drew a foul at the other end and made one free throw to give the Cavaliers their biggest lead of the game.

The Boston Celtics have not lost at home in the 2018 postseason heading into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The game averaged a 9.1 rating among metered market households, besting everything else on television and ranking as ESPN's best-ever playoff game. Love shot below 40 percent from the field again past year, averaging 16.0 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.

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