Even LeBron James might not be able to save these Cleveland Cavaliers

NBA: Celtics push James, Cavs to brink with Game 5 win

With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not miss.

"I didn't think we played well tonight at all", said Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue. Even though it's been a constant story line throughout the postseason and specifically throughout the series.

James turned the ball over only three times when the Cavaliers rolled the Celtics, 116-86, in Game 3.

At this point in the series, it's not a bad question to ask a coach on the brink of elimination.

LeBron James thumped his chest, flexed his biceps, and cut loose a full-throated roar. Lue replied after a brief chuckle.

"I'll speak in the present, and I think they're a very well-coached, well-balanced, hungry team", James said.

As the pressure and physicality intensifies with Game 6 and perhaps a Game 7 approaching, it will be interesting to see how this 20-year-old phenom adjusts.

Interestingly enough, Lue conveniently didn't mention guys he can consistently rely on because there aren't any.

The home team has won every game in the Eastern Conference finals.

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At times throughout the game it appeared as if James was getting exhausted as his energy waned, so did the rest of the Cavs.

It is not yet known whether Kevin Love will make it to game seven after the All-Star left the game following a head injury in a clash with Tatum in the first quarter.

Whether it was his two dagger threes late in the fourth quarter or a handful of other plays, James (somehow) continues to impress all of us. George Hill looked spry racking up 20 points, and Jeff Green showed up in Love's absence in what was a strong game for Cleveland's bench. Baynes played 29 minutes in that contest - the most he's had in the series - and his presence made a noticeable impact on Cavs' big man Tristan Thompson, who only came away with six rebounds after pulling down 12 in the previous outing. On top of that, James has been down 3-2 to the Celtics since that last loss, and Boston does not need to be reminded of the effort he put forth to make sure he overcame a much more established team then they have right now.

Things are unlikely to get easier for the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

But to do it again the Cavs will have to win in Boston, where the Celtics are 9-0 this postseason. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward has close-out numbers to prove he's one of the best.

Not long after that, James hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put the game on ice while scoring 12 points following the mishap.

Unfortunately, there was a nasty clash of heads between Jayson Tatum and Kevin Love, which sent the Cavs power forward to the locker room.

Historically, teams with a 3-2 series lead and home-court advantage move on to the NBA Finals 89 percent of the time, putting James and the Cavaliers in an obvious pickle. He had 13 points in the first quarter alone. "I feel like our guys feed off of them and it really just drives us as a group". The key will be how the Celtics and their suffocating defense, that has held James in check at home, do on the road. No matter how many times James does this, how many playoff games and series he swings on his own, the wonderment ceases to fade. "We've been doing it throughout the playoffs though and it's definitely given us an opportunity to be in some games".

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