Tyronn Lue more concerned with offense than defense vs. Celtics

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Five of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden

It hasn't been just the playoffs that have been a grind on the center of the Cavaliers' universe. Wednesday night, Boston absolutely obliterated the Cavaliers on fast-break points 18-2.

BOSTON - For perhaps the first time this postseason and certainly during the Eastern Conference finals, LeBron James showed some signs of fatigue Wednesday night as the Boston Celtics took a 3-2 series lead with a 96-83 Game 5 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Thankfully, he's got James, who has six 40-point games and two buzzer-beaters in these playoffs, to save the season.

James isn't going to magically not be exhausted by Friday or Sunday. "So I've just got to fight through it [and] keep my composure". "I know what's at stake the next game". What will Jayson Tatum do after a 24-point outing in Game 5? "But there's no question in my mind he'll bounce back tomorrow". The Celtics are 10-0 at TD Garden in the 2018 postseason.

James has been down 3-2 in the conference finals before. "We didn't play well".

Tatum averaged 13.9 points and 5 rebounds during his 80 regular season games and led National Basketball Association rookies in three-point shooting percentage.

"I can't say that on camera".

The home team has won every game so far in the series between the Cavs and Celtics. Boston also won the rebounding battle, 45-39. The Cavaliers made 15 turnovers compared to eight for the Celtics.

There is a greater than even chance the Cavs do not advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014, and James does not advance to the last round for the first time since 2010. Thank God, we're going home next, and hopefully, we'll play better and force a Game 7.

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His 27.5 ppg are the most since 2011-12, his 9.1 apg are the most ever for James, and his 8.6 rpg match last year's career-high.

"I think out of those six (turnovers in Game 5), maybe three of them were just careless", James told reporters after the game.

"I had my moments", James said when asked if he was exhausted.

The Celtics took the first two games of the series, but the Cavaliers didn't go down without a fight, winning the next two games to tie up the series.

The Cavs got off to a rocky start, with five first-quarter turnovers almost matching their seven field goals. Because it's given him an opportunity to make fail plays or make mistakes and learn from them and still be on the floor.

Boston's Aron Baynes blocks a shot from Cleveland's George Hill. Four of the five games have been decided by double digits, and the Celtics barely kept Game 4 within single digits when they lost 111-102.

"I didn't think we played well tonight at all", said Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue.

Boston will look to win the series and move on to the championship with a win. Rozier answered with only his second make in 14 attempts in the game, and Horford buried a 3-pointer for a 90-73 game with 3:48 left.

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