It’s win or go home for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they welcome the Boston Celtics into Quicken Loans Arena on Friday night. Down 3-2 in the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James and Co. have their backs against the wall and face elimination — where No. 23 has thrived historically.
Will Cleveland force a Game 7 in Boston and keep its NBA title hopes alive? Or will the Celtics knock off the East’s proverbial bully and punch their ticket to the Finals? According to the latest sims data from SportsLine, the Celtics have a 62.7 percent chance of eventually prying the East from LeBron’s hands. But they may need to snatch it with force if LeBron plays up to his potential and bounces back with a vengeance after his squad dropped Game 5.
Cavaliers vs Celtics How to watch Game 6
When: Friday, May 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Where: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio
Streaming: WatchESPN or WatchESPN app
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Follow live coverage as LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers try to keep their season alive in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Al Horford and the Boston Celtics. In the first five games of the series, the home team has won every contest. The Cavaliers will be at home for Game 6 and should have a good chance to win. However, Boston’s defense was excellent in Game 5 and James appeared exhausted for most of the contest. It should be interesting to see if the Cavaliers’ star power of James and Kevin Love can withstand the Celtics’ balanced attack from Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue was answering a question about Boston’s defense on LeBron James during a teleconference when he tripped the security system at his home.
A piercing alarm sounded.
“Uh-oh,” Lue said Thursday as he punched in a code to silence the screaming siren.
While Lue and his home were clearly safe, and the light-hearted moment passed quickly, it was also symbolic of Cleveland’s urgent situation.
The Cavs are in a dangerous spot.
Beaten for the third time in Boston in these home-sweet-home Eastern Conference finals, Cleveland will face its second elimination game of the postseason on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena.