2018 NBA Playoffs

Bedard: LeBron was great, but he didn’t torpedo the Cs – the other guys did

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So, yes, the basketball world — between fits of faux worry about Steph Curry and the Warriors — will spend the next 36 hours fawning over LeBron James and his performance in the Cavs' 109-99 victory over the Celtics in Game 6 at Quicken Loans Arena.

And there should be kowtowing. Mr. Tired miraculously found some energy and was absolutely dazzling with 46 points in 48 minutes and finished one assist shy of another 40-point triple double.

"Does (LeBron being a different player than everyone else) ever come into our minds? Like, yeah, every time we watch. Every time you're standing out there. Every time you watch him on film," said Brad Stevens. "Best player in the game. Special night tonight and special night in Game 4. I can't say enough good things about him."

Said Tyronn Lue: "Greatness. Championship pedigree. Giving it his all. We needed that, especially when Kevin (Love) went down. We had to play Bron as many minutes as he had to. He delivered. He was up for the challenge. He carried us home as usual. ... Big shots, playing through being tired and fatigued. We needed him to be big, and he was big."

Yes, LeBron was tremendous. We're all witness. Whatever.


Here's the thing, though: LeBron didn't win that game for the Cavs on Friday night. The Celtics did, when they allowed the likes of George Hill (20 points), Jeff Green (14) and Larry Nance Jr. (10) nearly match LeBron's output, especially when second-leading scorer Kevin Love exited the game with a concussion in the first quarter.

If you thought LeBron was playing with a bunch of nobodies before