"The unfortunate events of injuries [the Celtics] have had has allowed him to get better faster than they expected", James said.
During the opening minutes of the fourth quarter Friday night in Game 6 between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James got banged up when teammate Larry Nance Jr. fell into his leg. Without Love, James had to take on a heavier load.
James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes - to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about where he'll continue his remarkable career next season.
What's insane is that James' 46 minutes Friday night aren't even the most he's played this postseason. "I wish the best for Kevin Love because he's a great player, and it's been a long season". We just played [Monday], games are coming fast.
On the other hand, the Cavs - for at least one more game - still have LeBron James on their side.
Love missed the majority of Cleveland's 2015 run to the Finals after separating his shoulder in the first round against Boston.
After the 109-99 victory, Lue scoffed at a reporter's question about having concern for his remaining healthy players' energy levels.
Marcus Smart's game never has been one of finesse.
"If you were watching the game, I was getting doubled as soon as I caught the ball", Horford said.
"We got to be ready to come up with our nose bloodied, we got to be ready to come out with our mouth bloodied, we have to come out ready to fight".
Brad Stevens clearly left a little wiggle room in case things turn south for the youngster, but the "nothing to worry about" pretty much confirms Jayson Tatum will be a go for Game 7. I'll do the same all day tomorrow from before we leave to go to Boston, and then once we get into Boston I'll do that as well.
In his first NBA Finals appearance in 2007, James had to play almost 43 minutes per game against the San Antonio Spurs.
There is statistical data to support that the Cavaliers have been more effective in the series when Love has been out. George Hill scored 20 points Friday. LeBron hit several clutch shots in the final moments of the game to help his team peel away.