Brad Stevens, Celtics Looking Toward Future After Game 7 Loss To Cavs

LeBron James and Jayson Tatum

That was especially true after the Cavs needed seven games and an epic 43-point Game 7 performance by James to beat IN in the first round.

James has won three National Basketball Association championships since 2010, two with the Miami Heat and one with the Cavs.

Tatum had a dunk over James with 6:41 left - staring down the Cavaliers star and bumping him with his chest - then followed it with a 3-pointer that gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead.

Boston was up 43-39 at halftime after leading by as many as 12 in the first half.

Rozier shot an bad 0-for-10 from deep, leading a futile combined 7-of-39 (18 percent) from behind the 3-point arc, which proved unsustainable against a Cleveland team grinding the most out of their possessions down the stretch. Once the postseason hit, he's managed to improve those numbers to 15.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.

Following the game, one of the first to speak with Tatum was LeBron James.

Up Next - The NBA Finals tip off on Thursday night, May 31 at 9 p.m. ET, although the Wine & Gold still aren't sure who they'll be facing when it rolls around.

"I thought we were pretty good at that. but he still scored 35. It's a Game 7", James said. "I guess this is the last chapter for our team in this season".

Injured Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving did not attend his team's Game 7 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers because he had undergone surgery for a deviated septum, coach Danny Ainge said Monday. "And he does it at this level and with the pressure, with the scrutiny - doesn't matter".

For the eighth season in a row, LeBron James will be playing in the NBA Finals. If James signs anywhere other than Philly, Boston more than likely opens 2018-19 as favorites in the East.

"The bigger the stage, the bigger the player, and he's been doing it for us since we've been here", praised Coach Tyronn Lue. They were able to take care of the first part - and did it basically without Love, with former Celtics player Jeff Green filling in and having a strong game. It'll be fascinating to see how that looks when he's got those elite scorers to dish to instead of Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris, as good as those two were at times during Boston's postseason run.

In her Instagram Stories on Sunday night, Rihanna posted two videos of LeBron from the laptop she streamed the game on.

Jayson Tatum has had a phenomenal rookie season and if he can lead the Celtics to the NBA Finals it would be the finishing touch on his masterpiece of a year. "I just know he's built for stardom".

Lue said of the Cavs winning without Love: "We told the guys that Kevin wasn't coming back, and they all got together and just huddled up and just came together as one, and coming into tonight, we knew he was going to be out, and we said we want to do this for Kevin".

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