The Cavs won 87-79 and will face the Rockets/Warriors winner in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday. This marks James’ eighth straight appearance in the NBA Finals. “I’m trying to squeeze this orange till there’s no more juice left,” James, who went for 35 points, 15 rebounds and 9 rebounds, told ESPN. “It’s a heck of an accomplishment for our ball club, without our All-Star power forward [Kevin Love]…This team was undefeated in the postseason at home, and for us to do this and for me to be able to lead these guys, it’s a treat.” “He’s the best player in the world. I’m glad he’s on my side,” Cavs coach Ty Lue said on air. “And going into a Game 7, you want the best player in the world on your side.” The Cavs did it despite a strong game from Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, who, finished with 25 points and 7 rebounds, and who, like Irving, went to Duke. Among his 25 was this dunk over LeBron.
Mark Jackson calling out Kyrie for not being on the bench.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 28, 2018
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Jayson Tatum. Lordy. pic.twitter.com/Ii5qumvd63— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) May 28, 2018