James punching yet another ticket to the NBA Finals adds to his legacy that many have already said warrants consideration as the best player of all-time.
Jayson Tatum threw down an impressive dunk on LeBron James in the Boston Celtics' series finale against the Cleveland Cavaliers. James had 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in Sunday's Game 7 win, snatching the hearts from the Celtics and their fans with step-back 3s, incredible blocks and back-breaking clutch baskets.
Love is grabbing 10.0 rebounds per game, and he's had a few moments in which he's looked like the player that made the All-Star team. In games that were within five points in the final five minutes this season, Cleveland was 30-15 with a +18.2 points per 100 net rating (second best in the National Basketball Association, behind Houston).
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said that amid all the upheaval with trades in and out, James had been a true leader.
The Celtics have seen him do it, after he averaged 33.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.4 assists to eliminate them in the East finals for the second straight year.
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It will be the eighth finals in a row for James - and a fourth for the Cavs.
Through 18 games of the postseason, the four-time league MVP is averaging 34 points - his second-highest in the playoffs behind his 2008/09 campaign with the Cavs.
Commentators Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, and Mike Breen (from left to right) smile ahead of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
In Cleveland, the Cavs have faced the Golden State Warriors in the Finals in the past three seasons. His path was much more challenging personally as well, as he dealt with a serious heart issue that caused him to miss an entire season in 2011-12.
"I think we've played now until May 25th and May 27th the last two years, and we started on September 25th", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Most notably, the team successfully moved on from Kyrie Irving in a big trade that initially went bust.
LeBron James, of course, is the biggest reason why Cleveland came back from a 3-2 series deficit. I just go out and play my game.