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Boston's young guns star as Celtics blast Cavs for 3-2 series lead

Boston Celtics, Jaylen Brown are one game from NBA Finals: 'Do what you've got to do to get that one win'

"It's up to us to see if we can come back here for one more".

Beaten for the third time in Boston in these home-sweet-home Eastern Conference finals, Cleveland will face its second elimination game of the postseason on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

"Well, initially, he's been putting Ojeleye in", Lue said of Stevens after the game Wednesday.

"It's my first year". Boston has a healthy amount of respect for the superstar standing in its way, even as James insists his streak of playing in the Finals seven consecutive times doesn't mean much to him. 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.

Boston is one win away from its first NBA Finals appearance since 2010, when it lost to the rival Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.

The numbers point to JR rebounding.

Leading the LeBron James haters to salivate as they begin the process of unsheathing, and sharpening, their blades.

In doing so, Jayson Tatum is gaining the confidence and experience that will take his career a long way and perhaps into something legendary.

Cavaliers starting guards George Hill and J.R. Smith were completely outclassed Wednesday.

Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James led Cleveland with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

"I didn't think we played well tonight at all", said Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue. "We've got to play well, and we understand that".

"Well, first and foremost, with regard to Al and his composure and his poise and kind of a steadying influence, I think that he has a great effect on all of our guys in the locker room", said Brad Stevens.

But instead of finishing with a dunk, James simply laid the ball up on the glass. Numerous turnovers were sloppy, careless passes.

And James appeared reluctant to even attempt to dominate in the paint, opting to initiate most of his offense from the perimeter. "But I think everybody at this point is exhausted or worn down". We've got to be ready to play Game 6.

Not everybody spends a million and a half dollars a year to keep his body in shape. The Celtics know that James is going to be better, and they know he will get more players involved at home.

Nance finished the game with two points, six rebounds, four blocks and two assists.

James has been down 3-2 in the conference finals before.

There have been six 40-point games in this postseason alone, including two earlier this series. They knew the game would be the biggest inside TD Garden since Game 6 of the same round in 2012 - and that James had essentially maimed the Big Three that night. James has played to the end in seven straight seasons.

"I've been in the league six years, going on seven", Morris said, apparently forgetting one of his National Basketball Association seasons. "It's just all about just win every game and it should put us in position to play for a championship".

James isn't going to go away quietly.

In Round One against the Pacers, the Cavaliers went 1-2 in IN while averaging just 93.7 points on 43.6 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from 3-point range.

When it comes to James, there is no middle ground: You either hate LeBron James or you love him.

That's when the Cavaliers fought back.

When the best player in the world is wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers uniform, it is easy to ignore the other good players on the court.

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