Published: Tue, May 29, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Kyrie Irving Missed Game 7 After Having Surgery On A Deviated Septum

Kyrie Irving Missed Game 7 After Having Surgery On A Deviated Septum

BOSTON - On the top of LeBron James' hierarchy of career achievements are his three championships, the highest probably being the 2016 crown that included a 3-1 comeback over the team with the best regular-season record in history and ended a 52-year title drought for Cleveland.

In the first close game of the series - and the lowest-scoring - James played all 48 minutes and had 12 of his points in the fourth quarter for his sixth straight Game 7 win.

"We can enjoy one without tearing down one", Bryant tweeted after Game 7 on Sunday night. But this may have been one of his more remarkable accomplishments.

One last hurdle was added Saturday when the Cavs ruled Kevin Love out for Sunday with concussion-like symptoms. James answered with a basket and the Cavaliers went on a 12-6 run into a timeout with 6:55 on the clock. "It doesn't matter what the story line is going to be, it doesn't matter if we're picked to win or not". This scoring season is now 9 all-time in playoffs history, eclipsed only by Michael Jordan (4 times: 36.7, 35.1, 34.8 and 34.5 PPG), Wilt Chamberlain (once: 35 PPG), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (once: 34.6 PPG) and...

Up and down the roster, what was left of the Celtics impressed the players in the visiting locker room who had just barely outlasted them. The Cavaliers were probably far better past year and could only get a game from the Warriors.

LeBron James will get a couple days to catch his breath, then make his annual June journey to Golden State or down to Houston to face a team far better than his.

It's a debate is as old as time - well, since James was drafted into the league, at least.

"He's unbelievable", said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

They had to play seven games just to get out of the first round, and seven more to finish a climb out of 2-0 deficit against a younger, more athletic Celtics team. They play their decisive Game 7 on Monday night.

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It all stacks up to one enormous mountain James has climbed over the past six months, and particularly the past six weeks. It's a Game 7.

"For me, I don't put too much added pressure on myself".

Just like their opening-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Celtics have won three at home and lost three on the road in this series. "I love what he's doing".

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