LeBron James’s record in elimination games is good but not great

LeBron James’s record in elimination games is good but not great

- With 20 more points, Tatum goes by Elgin Baylor (331 points) and moves into No. 3 all-time.

After an impressive regular season, the Duke product has taken his game to new heights in the playoffs, which makes this decision even more absurd. The Celtics were 10-0 in the playoffs at home in 1986. They haven't won in Boston all series.

We are all witnesses (potentially) to what could be LeBron James's final game of the 2017-18 season and perhaps his Cleveland Cavaliers career.

In 21 games in which his team has faced elimination in the playoffs, James is averaging an NBA-record 33.5 points.

The Celtics held James to two fourth-quarter points, earning their 10th straight victory in Boston to remain flawless at home this postseason and move within one win of their first trip to the NBA Finals since 2010. Only Clyde Drexler (when he was 29) and Larry Bird (when he was 30) have put up as many points, assists, and rebounds in one postseason. Kevin Love had 14 points and seven rebounds for Cleveland, but the Celtics did a great job limiting the rest of Cleveland's supporting cast. James has three of them. J.R. Smith, George Hill and Tristan Thompson had nearly no impact on the offensive end, missing 12 of 14 shots with four assists and one offensive rebound.

"Our focus - LeBron's focus - is to win", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. If I could choose one guy to prevail, it would be LeBron.

But instead of finishing with a dunk, James simply laid the ball up on the glass.

I keep saying this, but it's still hard to believe Tatum turned 20 years only 82 days ago.

Twelve years ago, James was in similar shoes as Tatum is now.

Despite having a better shooting percentage than the Celtics throughout Wednesday's contest, turnovers, struggles at the free-throw line and missed three-pointers proved to be the Cavaliers' downfall in the Game 5 loss in Boston.

And James appeared reluctant to even attempt to dominate in the paint, opting to initiate most of his offense from the perimeter. "We don't want to think ahead, but we have a special opportunity". "I think everybody at this point is exhausted or worn down".

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Tatum stands at No. 4 for most postseason points by a rookie in National Basketball Association history. But Tatum came through with an exhibition of his superb all-around skill in Game 5. The Cavs never trailed by fewer than six points after that and were defeated 107-94.

Meanwhile, this could be James' last game at Quicken Loans Arena as a member of the Cavs.

James said that doesn't concern him. I can't say it enough: "We're one win away from going to the [NBA] Finals, especially after everything we've been through".

It's not a great omen when one of the (maybe) two players who consistently perform for your team is exhausted.

James isn't going to go away quietly. I know it's coming.

That's not the case this season.

The Cavs are facing elimination from the Eastern Conference finals.

Those media and social media haters are preparing to push up their delivery date of hate.

The Celtics took a 16-point lead to the fourth quarter that they extended to 81-62 on a Smart 3-pointer with 10:34 to play.

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