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Celtics fail to finish off Cavaliers in Game 6, 109-99

Celtics fail to finish off Cavaliers in Game 6, 109-99

CLEVELAND – Nobody said sending LeBron James home for the summer – and maybe for the last time as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers – was going to be easy. 

Boston played its best road game in this series on Friday night, even leading after the first quarter which has often meant victory.

But James and the Cavs live to fight for another day following their 109-99 Game 6 win which has us at a winner-take-all Game 7 in Boston on Sunday. 

James had a near triple-double of 46 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists which included back-to-back 3-pointers that gave Cleveland a 107-96 lead with 1:40 to play that pretty much sealed the Cavaliers win.

Boston was led by Terry Rozier’s 28 points and Jaylen Brown who had 27. 

Despite spending all of the second half trailing, Boston had its moments when they were a basket away from putting real pressure on the Cavs.

Trailing 97-90, Marcus Smart out-wrestled James for a loose ball that led to a transition scoring opportunity for Brown whose 3-pointer hit the back of the rim and bounced out. 

There were about four minutes left to play when Brown missed the 3-pointer, but Boston could not get any closer the rest of the way.

Boston held its own with the Cavs for most of the third quarter, but that won’t cut it when looking at a double-digit lead Cleveland refused to relinquish. 

And leading the charge was James who played every single second of the game until there were 57.3 seconds to play in the third quarter and 57.0 seconds to play with Cleveland ahead 109-97. 

Boston made the most of James on the bench, scoring six of the last nine points of the quarter to trim Cleveland’s lead to 83-73 going into the fourth. 

Cleveland pulled ahead 38-33 in the second quarter courtesy of a 14-3 run, with a chance to add to it when James was fouled on a drive towards the basket with just over six minutes to play in the second quarter. 

The Cavs continued to surge ahead until Brad Stevens had seen enough and called a time-out with 4:59 to play in the half and the Celtics looking up at a 44-34 deficit.

Cleveland would push its lead to as many as 14 points before settling in for a 54-43 lead at the half.

Boston’s struggles in the first half boiled down to them being too predictable offensively following a 3-pointer by Marcus Smart that increased the Celtics’ lead to 30-24.

Between ill-timed 3-point attempts and turnovers, Boston slowly lost control of the game and with that, the lead.

Cleveland’s strong showing in the second quarter came on the heels of a first quarter that saw them lose one of their top players, just minutes into the game.

Boston had a 10-6 lead when Kevin Love and Jayson Tatum collided as Tatum tried to fight through a screen. 

Tatum was dazed on the play but was able to stay on his feet.

Love fell to the ground after the incident and eventually rose to his feet with the help of the Cavs medical staff which did a preliminary evaluation of him on the bench. 

Moments later, Love was headed back to the locker room for additional concussion-related tests. 

At the half, team officials said Love was still be evaluated for a concussion and that he would not return for Game 6.

His absence certainly factored into the play for the rest of the quarter which ended with Boston ahead 25-20.

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Enes Kanter eats marshmallows off a treadmill in hilarious TikTok video

Enes Kanter eats marshmallows off a treadmill in hilarious TikTok video

If you've been couped up in your home during the COVID-19 pandemic, chances are you've struggled to come up with ways to keep yourself entertained.

Enes Kanter doesn't appear to be having that problem, however.

The Boston Celtics big man has been posting some hilarious videos on TikTok recently, but his latest may take the cake. Kanter spent some of his time in quarantine lining up some mini marshmallows on a treadmill and attempting to get all of them into his mouth.

Bonus points for using the Super Mario 64 soundtrack. Let's just hope the treadmill was wiped down beforehand.

Boston athletes have been all over TikTok since the sports world was put on hold. Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi and Celtics rookie Tacko Fall, in particular, have made some notable videos recently.

Kanter discussed what he's been up to during his quarantine in the latest episode of The Enes Kanter Show. Subscribe and listen here.

It's a matter of when, not if, Jaylen Brown will be an NBA All-Star

It's a matter of when, not if, Jaylen Brown will be an NBA All-Star

BOSTON -- We should have seen this coming from Jaylen Brown. 

It’s not like he didn’t clue us in to how he was built differently than most players coming into the NBA. 

His first NBA start came against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, a game in which Brown showed absolutely no nerves, anxiety or fear of James as he went on to score a then-career-high 19 points in what was his fifth game as a pro. 

From there, Brown continued to show flashes of being an above-average talent, displaying an innate ability to successfully transition to whatever role he’s cast to play. 

With the NBA season at a standstill now, it provides us an opportunity to take in what Brown has done thus far. 

More significantly, it allows us to take inventory on what Brown’s body of work thus far tells us is on the horizon. 

The 23-year-old Brown is on course to establish himself as an All-Star whose strength lies in his versatility to impact the game at both ends of the floor. 

This season, Brown is averaging 20.3 points per game, joining teammates Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker as part of the only trio of NBA teammates this season with each averaging at least 20 points per game. 

Of that threesome, Brown’s inclusion is the most surprising when you consider it wasn’t a given that he would start, let alone drop 20 points a night, at the start of the season. 

A legit case could be made that Brown should have been an All-Star this season, with some surmising a top-two record by the Celtics prior to the break would have been enough to get him in along with Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum. 

But it’s fitting that Brown’s time to shine will have to wait. 

Because on many levels, that’s been the narrative surrounding his NBA career. 

And while it would have certainly deterred some and disappointed others, it only drove Brown to continue working on his game, proving his naysayers wrong - including those who booed Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck when he announced that Boston had selected Brown with the No. 3 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. 

“Oh, I remember,” Brown told NBC Sports Boston recently. “I definitely remember.”

But instead of dwelling on what has happened, Brown is more locked into what the future holds for both him and the Celtics. 

“Just keep getting better, keep grinding, keep working on all parts of my game,” he said. “That’s what I’ve done, to get where I’m at. So why stop now?”