Danny Ainge Reveals Why Kyrie Irving Wasn’t At Game 7

Danny Ainge Reveals Why Kyrie Irving Wasn’t At Game 7

"He's unbelievable", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

After scoring 46 points in another elimination-game special for the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Friday night, James returns to the scene of his 2012 magic and tries to do it again in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday night.

But as good as Tatum was, it wasn't enough as the Celtics' season came to an end following an 87-79 Game 7 loss to Cleveland which moved the Cavaliers on to the NBA Finals.

James has now been to eight straight finals - four with the Heat, four with the Cavaliers - but could leave Cleveland for a second time this offseason. Game 1 of the NBA Finals will be played Thursday on the home court of the Western Conference champion.

All in all, this was this team's first postseason run together, and having the NBA's best player on the ropes no matter his supporting cast is an impressive feat. In one video, Rihanna can be heard screaming as she zooms in on James, who clearly looks exhausted from playing the entire 48-minute duration of the game. Overall, and out of 287 playoff games with at least one three-point shot made, that 17.9 percentage ranked 258th overall. The last time an NBA Finals did not feature James was in 2010.

Nearly nothing in today's 24/7 news cycle goes unknown for long, yet this story is still a guessing game. He declined to compare the energy he has used this season to prior ones, but it is obvious that putting this particular team on his back has been draining. Just the same you can download the Watch ESPN app onto your mobile phone or tablet and use your subscriber login to access the Game 7 live stream. I'm trying to squeeze this orange and get the most juice out of it that I can. It's useful. I don't just talk to talk.

James won't sit atop the Eastern Conference throne forever, and he saw the team that will eventually take his place up close and personal in the Eastern Conference finals.

To put that into perspective, Rozier, Brown and Marcus Smart combined for just 21 points while shooting 8-for-42 from the field, including just 3-of-26 from three-point range.

Once this team didn't crack to the pressure of a Game 5 against LeBron, and given the "last hurrah" vibes that undoubtedly surrounded Cleveland's Game 6 win and Kevin Love's absence from Game 7, I bought in.

"I don't think he wanted to be seen". He scored just three of his 17 points in the second half, on five whole shots.

The Cavs are the lowest playoff seed, No. 4, for a James team in a decade. The Boston Celtics are headed home to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in what should be a spectacular game.

If you don't want to admit that the regular season was a major success for Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum, there's no way you can argue with what he did in the postseason.

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