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He continued: "But when you talk about just a basketball player, a complete basketball player, LeBron James is a much better basketball player than Michael Jordan".

"I'm the leader of this team, and I'm going to give what I've got".

The NBA Finals begin Thursday at either Houston or Golden State. (LeBron) played all 82 games in his 15th season. It matched Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals: the Miami Heat and LeBron James vs. the Boston Celtics.

James scored a game-high 35 points, and had 15 rebounds and nine assists in the win.

Love made the trip to Boston and was in attendance Sunday night.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters Tuesday that Love remains in the NBA's concussion protocol, making his status for Game 1 unknown.

Coming into the clash, Boston was a flawless 10-0 at home in the playoffs this year and had secured three easy wins over the Cavs already.

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Love had been averaging 13.9 points per game with 10 rebounds in the postseason this year.

ESPN's Conference Finals coverage Sunday averaged a 6.3 metered market rating, up 37 percent from the same matchup in the Eastern Conference Finals past year and up 34 percent from its Western Conference Finals coverage in 2017. The veteran forward responded with 19 points, including the final go-ahead 3-point shot in the fourth quarter of the contest, while providing enough versatility on defense for Cleveland to switch every screen.

The three-time champion played all 48 minutes for just the fifth time in his playoff career and is 5-0 in those games. The Cavaliers will face the victor of Monday's Game 7 matchup in the West between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. Cleveland had finished just fourth in the East, never developing the necessary cohesiveness required to be even a mediocre defensive team, let alone a championship-caliber one.

Added Terry Rozier, who has often found himself outmanned in a switching situation that left him on James: "We know LeBron is different than a lot of other guys, but we've got to get the job done".

With Kevin Love going down within the first five minutes of Game 6, Green stepped up to the plate and delivered when Cleveland needed him the most.

The odds had appeared stacked against Cleveland, who came from 3-2 down in the series.


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