"You have so many people looking up to you, you have so many kids to inspire and you, yourself, you have always talked about be as great as you can be every day, so I kind of hit that switch before the trade deadline".
And with the postseason coming down to crunch time, we get to see big time players produce in big time spots.
For Green, at stake is a chance to play in the NBA Finals for the first time in his 10-year career. Both defenses played well, but the shots were just not falling for both teams for much of the game. Tatum dunked on James and buried a three, giving the Celtics a tenuous one-point advantage which Green promptly erased with a corner 3-pointer.
James scored a game-high 35 points, and had 15 rebounds and nine assists in the win.
The possibility existed that a loss Sunday would have been James' last game with the Cavaliers.
Throughout the season we saw superstars shoulder the load carry their team, deliver game winners and come through when it counted.
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This year, the third-ranked Muguruza and Williams could meet in the quarterfinals. Shapovalov compiled a 32-9 edge in winners and converted 6 of 12 break points.
Cleveland went on to win 109-99 to even the series at three games apiece.
"He played 48 minutes tonight to bring us home", Lue said. The game registered a 9.1 overnight rating matching Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals between the Miami Heat (with LeBron) and the Celtics.
Love is averaging 13.9 points and 10.0 rebounds this postseason.
Kyrie Irving missed the entire play-offs through injury.
"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. We were in really good shape, really good shape - and then we just couldn't quite extend the lead.
A nail-biting deciding game of the Eastern Conference finals saw the Celtics blow an early lead as James surged ahead on his way to 35 points. Nobody had ever overcome that deficit in the championship round, and Cleveland had to do it against a team that had won an NBA-record 73 games.