Head coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. When Tatum has been on the floor the Celtics have outscored postseason opponents by 76 points, which ranks No. 8 among players that have competed in at least 14 playoff games.
The Boston Celtics, leading 3-2 in the best of seven NBA Eastern Conference Finals, meet the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James in an elimination game on Friday, May 25, 2018 (5/25/18) at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
James also had high praise for the veteran shooter, saying after the game, "I've loved Kyle ever since we made the trade to get him here". "But I think just by doing that, it was a change that worked in our favor". If we continue to play defense the way we've been playing, I do love our chances.
And the Celtics' big Australian center didn't just help clean up the boards.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue altered his rotation to squeeze in extra rest for James at the end of the second quarter, which is unusual. "Because we were going to play those guys a lot of minutes tonight". "I think the unfortunate events of the injuries that they've had have allowed him to, I believe, get better faster than I believe they expected here". James scored 26 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists, but he didn't dominate the game as he normally does.
The 33-year-old has said several times since coming home in 2014 that he wants to retire with the Cavaliers, but fans are uneasy because he can opt out of his $35.6 million contract this summer and test free agency.
Morris' words speak to the delicate balancing act that exists between embracing their success in the moment while maintaining that hunger going forward in their quest for greatness.
Kevin Love was the only other Cavaliers player who scored in double figures in Game 5.
Meanwhile, Boston is now 10-0 at home during this postseason run.
Was Korver sore from his face-first dive late Monday night, something he alluded to in the locker room after the game? The Celtics have yet to even lose a home playoff game this season.