Celtics, Cavs get in brief scuffle during Game 5

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden

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"Well, initially, he's been putting Ojeleye in", Lue said of Stevens after the game Wednesday.

The Cavs are in a unsafe spot.

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In Game 1, Boston doubled-up Cleveland in the first quarter 36-18 and never looked back.

"I think he will be the first to tell you that he enjoys playing in these types of games", Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said following the game. He got little help from his teammates, who combined to shoot 38.5 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from three-point range. "I didn't mention fatigue, [the media] did". "It just happens because I've been able to play with some great players".

From the Rockets to the Lakers to the Sixers, James has been linked to a plethora of future landing spots despite publicly stating his sole focus is on winning another championship with the Cavs. I think Jayson was ready to deal with everything that comes with this because of who he is and his family and all his coaches before, because he's a very emotionally steady, smart player that was going to perform at a high level at his age.

There is a greater than even chance the Cavs do not advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014, and James does not advance to the last round for the first time since 2010.

"No flow", Korver said of his team's Game 5 performance.

He didn't have his usual burst.

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LeBron James knew better than to give the perception that he was making excuses when asked about his health after Wednesday's Game 5 loss.

James has played more minutes than any other player this postseason at 648. The other three Cleveland starters combined to score just 10 points. Solid, but sub-par by his standards and he committed six turnovers and missed some makeable layups. Not on a night where Tristan Thompson scored a single point, J.R. Smith two and George Hill seven.

"And he has to do a lot for that team", Marcus Morris said.

When facing elimination, James has averaged 33.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game, and his teams have gone 12-9 in those contests.

The Celtics used the energy of the crowd, and their own will not to relent even through some cold stretches shooting, to build a double-digit lead in the second quarter that was seldom threatened during their 10th straight playoff victory on the parquet. His body has been forced to handle more than he imagined.

And if the rumors are true, this could be James' final game with the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

There have been six 40-point games in this postseason alone, including two earlier this series.

Now he's trying to keep this flawed Cavs team alive long enough for another trip to Boston.

"I was able to go [to the Finals] four straight [times in Miami], and three straight since I've been back here", James added. His second stint with the Cavs could end this summer if he opts out of his $35.6 million contract for next season and leaves again as a free agent, a decision he can delay again with a win.

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