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2018
55-27, 2nd in Atlantic
LeBron's 2018 Game 6 déjà vu to 2012 performance (0:38)

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said rookie Jayson Tatum will be monitored after his collision with Kevin Love but noted that, "Every indication is he's fine.” Tatum said the Celtics training staff asked if he was experiencing any dizziness or headaches before allowing him to stay in Friday's game. Tatum said he didn't expect to undergo any further testing but noted, "I've got a knot in the back of my head. I should be alright."

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18hChris Forsberg

Celtics' Smart says G7 'not going to be pretty'

With a trip to the NBA Finals on the line, the Celtics say they are expecting a tough battle against the Cavaliers on Saturday in Boston.

Stephen A. wants to see Celtics in Finals (2:24)
LeBron, Cavs force Game 7 (2:47)
Stevens on Game 7: 'It's win or go home' (0:30)
Brown after Game 6: 'We were right there' (0:42)
LeBron puts Cavs on his back to force Game 7 (2:24)
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20h

Boston bound: LeBron pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics

LeBron James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cavaliers shook off losing Kevin Love with a head injury and beat the Celtics 109-99 on Friday night to force Game 7.

LeBron: 'It feels good' to get to play another game (2:25)
LeBron muscles for and-1 over Brown (0:30)
LeBron drills two step-back 3s over Tatum late (1:02)
LeBron follows own miss with bucket (0:37)
LeBron remains in game after going down (1:06)
LeBron's cross-court pass sets up Green's 3 (0:28)
LeBron chases down Scary Terry for block (0:23)
Hill steals Tatum's pass and scores (0:16)
Nance's steal, Clarkson's bucket forces Celtics timeout (0:34)
Korver wins jump ball, LeBron follows with a 3 (0:31)
Green dunks over Baynes for and-1 (0:24)
Smart's over-the-shoulder pass sets up Brown for 3 (0:16)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors became the first two teams in league history to meet for three straight NBA Finals last June and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue says don't count both teams out for making it happen a fourth straight time this year. With Cleveland trailing the Boston Celtics 3-2 in the Eastern Conference heading into Friday's Game 6 and Golden State down 3-2 to the Houston Rockets in the West, Lue expressed confidence in both teams to make history again. “It can be tough, but you've got to be mentally tough,” Lue said pregame Friday. “If you want to win, that's what it takes. Nothing is easy, and we understand that. I'm pretty sure Golden State understands that. But Rudy Tomjanovich said, ‘Never underestimate the heart of a champion.' Until we're dead in our grave, until Golden State is dead in their grave, it's not over. I'm pretty sure both teams are thinking that way.” Tomjanovich, the former Houston Rockets coach, delivered his that speech during the Larry O'Brien Trophy presentation after the 1995 NBA Finals when the Rockets won their second consecutive championship by sweeping the upstart Orlando Magic. Houston won that year after entering the playoffs as the No. 6 seed. “I have one thing to say to those non-believers: Don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion,” Tomjanovich said.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

The Celtics are wearing their home white uniforms on the road for Game 6, maybe hoping to reverse their road fortunes (1-6 overall). This is the first time they've worn white on the road this postseason. Boston is 10-0 at home.

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