Brad Stevens, Celtics Looking Toward Future After Game 7 Loss To Cavs

Brad Stevens, Celtics Looking Toward Future After Game 7 Loss To Cavs

Brad Stevens, Celtics Looking Toward Future After Game 7 Loss To Cavs

It was the first time in the postseason he played without a substitution, surpassing his 47 minutes of playing time in an overtime win against the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the second round.

LeBron logged all 48 minutes on Sunday (after putting in 46 minutes on Friday night) and extended one of the most incredible postseason runs in National Basketball Association history - leading both squads in scoring, rebounds and assists as he reached the Finals for his eighth straight season, ninth for his career.

After Sunday night's game, James was greeted outside the Cavaliers locker room by none other than P.K. Subban, the Nashville Predators defenceman who used to play for the Canadiens.

The Cavaliers will play either the Houston Rockets or the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

It's not the one they want.

And yet two days - and two all-time postseason performances from James - later, Cleveland found itself where it expected to wind up all along, back atop the Eastern Conference and ready for one last ride on what's been a roller coaster of a season.

Cleveland became the fifth team in league history to reach the Finals as a fourth (or lower) seed. Not so soon. With the wound still throbbing, the Celtics wanted the focus to stay on what they accomplished this season and even their heartbreaking final game. In Boston's Game 6 loss on Friday, Tatum had only 15 points, and didn't attempt a free-throw.

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"We've had four or five seasons wrapped in one", James has said a couple of times this postseason.

Celtics coach Brad Steven suggested that Tatum has only scratched the surface of his potential.

Numeral 23 finished with a game-high 35 on the night - going 12-for-24 from the floor, including 3-of-8 from beyond the arc and 8-of-11 from the stripe, adding 15 boards, nine assists and a pair of blocked shots - including another highlight reel swat against Terry Rozier.

Green's 3-pointer with 4:56 left in the third quarter put Cleveland up 53-51, the Cavs' first lead since the opening minutes. "I can't say enough good things about him". The first four times he did it all happened in the span of his first 10 playoff games he ever played.

The Celtics ended the first quarter on a 9-0 run and led 43-39 at the half. Tweeting at Sportsnet's Michael Grange, Kobe wrote, "I'm guessing it's hard to fathom athletes supporting other athletes to be great". "Didn't know if we were going to make trades or not".

Australian centre Baynes, with three points and five rebounds, was strong and dominated the smaller Cavs when he was on the court, but he spent most of the fourth quarter on the bench. "In my first year being able to compete against a player like him, and be a few shots away from beating him and his team and going to the championship, is something I will always remember".

Rookie of the Year contender Donovan Mitchell's gif was probably the face of fans and haters alike after the final buzzer sounded.

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