His eighth straight NBA Finals sets up as one of his most hard, flanked by a largely unheralded set of teammates who force him to do much more at 33 than most other players are ever asked. 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.
Sure he did not put away a vintage Celtic team and the Cavaliers may get swamped in the finals by either the Warriors or the Rockets.
"I know I get a lot of the headlines but in order to be successful it's a team game, I learnt that".
Both Ainge and numerous Celtics players admitted it had to be hard for Irving and Hayward to watch Boston's playoff run without being able to help. "I'll say it again; he'll never have a greater achievement".
Horford scored 14 points and Tatum had 11 in the first half for the Celtics who up until Sunday had played with more intensity and aggressiveness at home during this postseason. His 35 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists were all but expected.
James and Horford embraced after the buzzer, then the Cavaliers donned NBA Finals hats and Eastern conference championship shirts before shuffling off the court to receive their trophy. Love is Cleveland's second-leading scorer and one of four players left from the 2016 National Basketball Association title team. That's why James wanted to huddle with one of Boston's burgeoning young stars when it was over, and why no around here would object if training camp started tomorrow. And I feel, knowing each one of the players, I do think it will propel them.
NBA playoffs: LeBron James leads Cleveland Cavaliers to fourth straight finals over Boston Celtics
But as the Celtics look to the future, it's pretty clear how a score-first point guard with big-game experience could make a huge difference, or where a versatile two-way wing with an excellent 3-point shot and the ability to handle the ball might turn them from a fun story into a juggernaut. The fact that Kevin Love suffered a concussion in Game 6 and therefore was held out of Game 7 made the situation even more concerning.
And, for now, that means Cleveland, too.
Irving played for the Cavaliers from 2011-17.
"We've had four or five seasons wrapped in one", James has said a couple of times this postseason.
All 4 players in the top 10 eventually became an NBA Champion at some point. Rapper 21 Savage was also at the game.
In this series, James has averaged 39 points per game at home, 27.7 per in the three games in Boston.