Kevin Love ruled out for Game 7 against Boston with head injury

May JohnsonMay 28, 2018

Delivering another performance for the ages, James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat the Celtics 109-99 on Friday night to force a decisive climax to this back-and-forth series. It was Hill's highest-scoring game of the postseason, and Cleveland is 7-1 in games where he scores 10 or more points.

Game 7 of the series is Sunday night in Boston, with the victor meeting either Houston or Golden State in the NBA Finals.

If it was up Barkley, Love would just take an Advil and play in Game 7, and although that might be the best option in the short term for the Cavs chances at success, that would be a awful decision for Love's long-term health.

King James is 5-2 all-time in Game 7's and has had big performances in each.

Winning a Game 7 on the road is tough, doing so in Boston is even tougher.

Love collided with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.

"I've been fortunate enough to play some good basketball through my career", said the 33-year-old American. For the Cleveland Cavaliers, it will come down to them being able to win in Boston in Game 7 to get back to the Finals. "Two teams have to come out and play".

In the face of impossible odds, LeBron helped the Cavs overcome a 3-1 series deficit when he hopped into the phone booth to deliver the highlight of his career; a late game block on Andre Iguodala.

Just like the Cavs, the Rockets enter Game 7 short-handed, as Chris Paul missed Game 6 with a right hamstring injury.

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Kevin Durant paced the Warriors with 29 points while Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 45 points on 16-of-31 shooting. But trying to close out this Warriors team without Paul will be a monumental challenge for the Rockets.

Point guard Terry Rozier, the former understudy to ex-Cavaliers star and injured Celtics triggerman Kyrie Irving, paced Boston with 28 points on 10-for-16 shooting with seven assists, three rebounds, two steals and only one turnover in 40 minutes of work.

"I just try to put myself in the best possible shape each and every year to be able to go for the long haul", James said. She is surrounded by family while he is away, and Green is hopeful if she does go into labor while he's gone, doctors could delay delivery until he gets there.

Of course, none of that means anything when the ball goes up at the Garden later this evening as the Cavs try to join the Celtics, Lakers and Heat as the only franchises to reach four straight NBA Finals.

"I have a passion for the game", James said.

Smart played a stellar floor game in Game 2 of the series, but he's been up and down in the other five games, averaging 9.7 points on 37 percent shooting in the series.

"Greatness", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. As soon as I get home, I'll start my treatment.

A little fight just may be what the Cavs need.

"I'm sure it's a big loss for them", he said.

Before picking either side in the 2018 NBA Playoffs, you need to read what SportsLine senior analyst Larry Hartstein has to say.

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