Kevin Love satisfied as Cleveland Cavaliers' strained season leads to NBA Finals

Kevin Love satisfied as Cleveland Cavaliers' strained season leads to NBA Finals

"I have learned probably everything alongside possibly the best player to have played this game", said Green.

"I worked hard to get to this position".

Despite what was overall a fantastic season, that Game 7 defeat will no doubt leave a sour taste in the mouths of Brad Stevens and company, as they came oh-so-close to advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. [LeBron] played all 82 games in his 15th season.

Green performed well in replacing Love in Game 6, finishing with 14 points, three rebounds and two blocks off the bench.

With Cleveland forward Kevin Love ruled out of Sunday's Game 7 against the Boston Celtics, the Cavaliers will start Jeff Green in his place, coach Tyronn Lue announced Sunday morning.

But after playing all 48 minutes in his 100th game of the season, punctuating one of the greatest series a player has ever had with 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, he sure looks capable of more.

"It's about just winning the game now", said Boston's Marcus Smart, who has done his share of mixing it up with James in this series. He missed the entire 2015 Finals after suffering a dislocated shoulder earlier in the playoffs.

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The Celtics have seen him do it, after he averaged 33.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.4 assists to eliminate them in the East finals for the second straight year. The veteran forward responded with 19 points, including the final go-ahead 3-point shot in the fourth quarter of the contest, while providing enough versatility on defense for Cleveland to switch every screen.

"We have one game to be able to compete for a championship, what more can you ask for?"

"It's tough, Kevin wanted to play, to be in a Game 7 situation like this in the Eastern Conference finals, being an All-Star, being our second-best player, and he just wasn't able to go". His 3-pointer with 5:44 left in the fourth quarter gave Cleveland the lead it would never relinquish.

The Cavaliers will face the victor of tomorrow's game seven Western Conference final between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors.

He's going to have to keep doing that for a couple of more games, at least. "I work on my game".

"What I'm witnessing in LeBron James is a complete basketball player dominating this period of time", he said, contextualizing his comments.

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