2018 NBA Playoffs

BSJ Game Report: Cavs 87, Celtics 79 — Disastrous shooting night foils NBA Finals trip

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

Everything you need to know about the Cavs’ 87-79 win over the Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Celtics backcourt loses its shooting touch at worst possible time: Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier had played above expectations all postseason long but both players came crashing back to earth in Game 7. The duo combined to shoot 7-of-32 from the field and 3-of-22 from 3-point range to set the pace for the worst shooting night of the postseason for the Celtics. The hosts hit just 34 percent of their shots from the field and 17.9 percent from 3-point range, both of which were postseason lows. Jayson Tatum (team-high 24 points) did his best to keep the Celtics offense afloat but the constant bricks produced the second-lowest point total for Boston in 101 games this year.

LeBron goes the distance and finds a way to his eighth-straight Finals: The All-Star played all 48 minutes and saved his best work for the fourth quarter despite a stellar defensive performance by the Celtics. James scored 12 of his game-high 35 points in the final frame and finished with just one assist shy of a triple-double (15 rebounds, 9 assists) as he carried a shorthanded Cavs offense to the finish line despite an ugly 3-point shooting night from his teammates (7-of-27 from 3). Jeff Green (19 points, eight rebounds) stepped up with some critical offensive contributions in place of a concussed Kevin Love and some timely fourth-quarter shooting (64 percent as a team) was enough to push the Cavs past a cold-shooting Celtics lineup.

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