CLEVELAND-- It's do-or-die time for the Cavaliers. Every cliché you could imagine will apply for Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
The Cavs know there is no tomorrow if they can’t get the job done tonight. A heartstopping playoff run is in danger of ending if the Cavs can’t find a way to extend the season to Game 7.
Know this. LeBron James is having an NBA Finals for the ages.
He is averaging 36.6 points per game while pulling down 12.4 rebounds and dishing out 8.8 assists. He has recorded 2 of his career 6 triple doubles in these finals. He will be the runaway series MVP if he is able to lead the Cavs to a pair of wins and take the title. Or he still could join legendary Jerry West as the first since 1969 to earn Finals MVP in a losing cause.
James will happily settle for option number one.
And, when you consider James has put an injury-ravaged roster on his back, with Irving, Love and Varejao in street clothes, you get a glimpse of greatness.
In Game 5, David Blatt went with a smaller lineup for a great deal of the game, which meant Timofey Mozgov played only 9 minutes. Will he change things up for Game 6?
Will the perimeter shooting help out James? J.R. Smith was lava-hot when he came into the game Sunday and blistered the nets for 14 points in the first half. He was not a factor in the second half. Smith, Shumpert, and Dellavedova need to knock down their shots.
Any way you look at it, 20,562 fans will be 'All In' and looking to keep hope alive for the city's first major championship in two generations.
Golden State got 37 points from this year's NBA MVP Steph Curry in Game 5, with many coming down the stretch. Can Curry keep hitting long bombs from all angles?
It shapes up to be a great game in what has been a very entertaining Finals, highlighted by two overtime contests.