LeBron James’ back is against the wall – again.
Game 6 against the Boston Celtics will be the second time that he and the Cleveland Cavaliers will be facing elimination this postseason. But unlike their first round matchup against the Indiana Pacers, LeBron’s squad is up against a cohesive unit that’s coached by one of the brightest minds in basketball already.
Boston has won all of their home games in the series so fa; but luckily for the Cavs, Game 6 will be played on Cleveland, where they’ve won seven straight games. They could catch a break on their own floor but considering how sloppy James’ supporting cast has been, a sure win is definitely out of the conversation.
What happens if the Cavs win Game 6?
If they do manage to eke out a victory in Cleveland, it will be because of LeBron James. He’s been a monster in 21 elimination games that he’s played. Sports-Reference.com noted that he’s averaging 33.5 points per game (highest in NBA history) during do-or-die games and is also norming 10.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists. What’s more notable is that in all those games, he hasn’t logged a sub 40-minute game.
What happens if Boston advances?
If Brad Stevens’ Celtics eliminates the Cavs, they’ll be doing the improbable: snapping LeBron’s seven straight Finals appearances and Cleveland’s run of three years advancing out of the East. James last missed the Finals in the 2009-10 season, where he put up 27 points, 19 rebounds and 10 assists before getting the boot – you guessed it – the Celtics, who were led by the vaunted ‘Big 3’ of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce in the Conference Finals.
There’s clearly a lot riding on Game 6 at the Quicken Loans Arena. Whose side are you on?