Celtics upend Cavaliers, now within win of NBA Finals

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden

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LeBron James knew better than to give the perception that he was making excuses when asked about his health after Wednesday's Game 5 loss. 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.

"We had moments but we just didn't make enough plays". "You just move on, and you get ready for the next one and you play it as well as you can, and I think one of the strengths of this team has been moving on". Maybe shade James a little more on this drive, face up to him more on that one. Slotting Baynes as a starter freed up a bit of positional flexibility in the corresponding changes to Stevens' substitution patterns. However, even falling short of a conference crown, the excellence he has portrayed in the playoffs has been astounding. They understood the importance of Game. We kind of stuck around with the same lineup.

"I've been in the league six years, going on seven", Morris said, apparently forgetting one of his National Basketball Association seasons. Look for him to come off the bench earlier this time around. Not to say he doesn't need to polish his overall offensive game a bit, but the signs are there that he is special.

The lopsided loss was the Cavaliers' third consecutive setback at TD Garden in the Eastern Conference Finals, and forced them into a must-win situation in Game 6 of the best-of-seven series at Quicken Loans Arena tonight.

From the Rockets to the Lakers to the Sixers, James has been linked to a plethora of future landing spots despite publicly stating his sole focus is on winning another championship with the Cavs. He defended well, plugging the lane with greater success than in the series' previous tilts and working admirably when forced into switches with smaller, quicker players. "It just felt good to be able to do that". He played 19 games in those playoffs as the Bulls ran through everyone in 16-3 fashion. Rozier fronted James and got help from Baynes, the 6-foot-10, 254-pound Australian who contributed seven rebounds, six points and attitude.

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The question now becomes whether or not the magic of the new, old starting five will hold heading into Game 6. The Celtics and Cavs played each other to a tie when Korver was on the court in Game 5, and head coach Tyronn Lue will likely play him closer to the 25 minutes he received in Game 4.

It's equally impressive what LeBron has been able to do during the postseason.

Those are problems to be dealt with when they arise, however.

Much of the credit goes to Boston's No.1 ranked defense, but Cleveland deserves a large share of the blame.

Now, here they are, shooting around in a gym once again - this time with a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.

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