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2018 NBA Playoffs

Sim Life with ‘NBA LIVE 18’: Cavs at Celtics

Game 5: LeBron and crew defeated the Celtics on their home court

The Boston Celtics return to home sweet home after dropping two in a row on the road in Cleveland, but how do you not expect LeBron James to will his team to win? Can the young Celtics regain their mojo now that the series has switched back to the TD Garden? We turn to NBA LIVE 18 for the answers. But first …

Cavaliers AT celtics

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  • Some folks think the Celtics still have the edge.

  • Will Boston regain its cool now that the series is back home? The Celtics have gone 9-0 at home in these playoffs and won 10 in a row at home dating to the regular season.

  • Is The King officially back?

Game 5 was a closely contested battle for one half, but James played like he had no intention of returning to Beantown, leading the Cavs to a 100-78 win and pushing the Celtics one game away from vacation. Cleveland’s defense frustrated Boston, leading to a second-half blowout.

James couldn’t be stopped and was a prime example of the team’s motto of doing “whatever it takes.”

The Celtics got a solid game from its frontcourt, but the Cavs’ defense prevented any real contribution from the backcourt.

It was J.R. Smith’s turn to be the lead dog of the supporting cast of the Cavs.

Jayson Tatum, fresh off being named to the NBA All-Rookie first team, finished with just nine points.

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Liner Notes

Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals can be seen at 8:30 ET on ESPN and the WatchESPN app.

Marcus Matthews is a general editor for The Undefeated. He’s a DMV native but prefers the Lakers over the Bullets/Wizards - #HTTR all day though!