2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals - updates

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Warriors stay alive, drag Rockets to winner-take-all Game 7

May 27, 2018 - 11:22 AM

(UPDATED) The defending champions spoil the Rockets' first attempt to advance to the NBA Finals

CHAMPIONSHIP POISE. Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors bank on blistering second-half run to turn the game around. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

No Love for Cavaliers in Game 7 vs Celtics

May 27, 2018 - 8:44 AM

Cleveland forward Kevin Love, the team's second-leading scorer and top rebounder, gets placed in the NBA concussion protocol

LOVE OUT. The Cleveland Cavaliers clash with the Boston Celtics in a do-or-die Game 7 minus key cog Kevin Love. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics brace for ‘dogfight’ vs Cavs in Game 7 at home

May 26, 2018 - 4:32 PM

Coach Brad Stevens expects to see a resilient Boston squad as the Celtics try to clinch an NBA Finals berth for the first time in 8 years.

DO-OR-DIE The Boston Celtics know that their homecourt advantage won't make the winner-take-all Game 7 any easier against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs on epic LeBron game: ‘We needed him to be big and he was big’

May 26, 2018 - 1:20 PM

The Cleveland superstar tallies his 7th 40-point performance in this season's playoffs to tie the record of Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan in 1989

THE BEAST. After another explosive night from LeBron James, Boston coach Brad Stevens says there was little more the Celtics could have done. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LeBron erupts for 46 points as Cavs force do-or-die Game 7 vs Celtics

May 26, 2018 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) The Cleveland Cavaliers spoil the Boston Celtics' first of two attempts to advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in 8 years

LeBron James unfazed even as NBA Finals streak stands in jeopardy

May 24, 2018 - 3:39 PM

The 4-time MVP, who's vying for an 8th straight trip to the title series, hopes to carry Cleveland again as the Cavs try to stay alive against the Celtics

WORN DOWN. In some stretches in Game 5, LeBron James looks like he's starting to feel the effects of the heavy load he has carried for the Cavaliers. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Boston's young guns star as Celtics blast Cavs for 3-2 series lead

May 24, 2018 - 11:04 AM

(UPDATED) Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown take charge as the Boston Celtics move within a win of the NBA Finals

COASTING. Boston's Jaylen Brown and the young Celtics cast cruise past the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

IN NUMBERS: All even in NBA East and West finals

May 23, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Here's a rundown of some key numbers in the 4 teams’ conference finals success

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May 22, 2018 - 11:51 AM

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LeBron James leads Cavs past Celtics to tie East Finals series

May 22, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The Boston Celtics fail to redeem themselves from their previous 30-point beatdown

THE KING. LeBron James carries the Cleveland Cavaliers with 44 points in Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Ruthless Cavs whip Celtics by 30, trim East finals deficit to 2-1

May 20, 2018 - 11:00 AM

(UPDATED) The Cavaliers take full control from the get-go to avoid a 0-3 death knell in the NBA Eastern Conference finals

TEAM EFFORT. LeBron James gets some help this time as the Cleveland Cavaliers deck the Boston Celtics in Game 3. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs try to ease LeBron James' load and stop Celtics

May 19, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Cleveland guard JR Smith says the team has been forcing the 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player to play ‘hero ball’

NOT ENOUGH. LeBron James unleashes a 42-point triple-double in Game 2, but the Cavaliers still can’t pull off a win against the Celtics. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

No Smith suspension as Celtics' Smart hits out at Cavs 'bully'

May 17, 2018 - 10:39 AM

JR Smith escapes punishment for Al Horford shove, but Celtics' Marcus Smart minces no words on the notorious Cleveland guard

Celtics 'gooning the game up,' says Cavs coach

May 16, 2018 - 1:52 PM

As Cleveland tries to climb out of a 0-2 hole, Tyronn Lue wants his Cavs to match the Celtics' physical game

TOO PHYSICAL. Boston's Marcus Smart and Cleveland's JR Smith get into an altercation in the second half of Game 2. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics survive LeBron James' attack to take 2-0 series lead

May 16, 2018 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) Boston completes Game 2 comeback despite LeBron James' huge 42-point outburst

LeBron James drops his usual numbers but still can't tow the Cleveland Cavaliers past the Boston Celtics. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics’ Morris backs up talk on shutting down LeBron, Cavs

May 14, 2018 - 11:18 AM

Boasting he defends LeBron James best, Marcus Morris holds down the NBA superstar to a 5-of-16 shooting

ON THE MONEY. Marcus Morris leads the hustling work as the Celtics deal LeBron James his worst Game 1 playoff loss. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

'I have zero level of concern at this stage,' says LeBron despite Celtics rout of Cavs

May 14, 2018 - 9:48 AM

The 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player notes that Game 1 has always been a 'feel-out game'

CONTAINED. LeBron James admits that the Boston Celtics had a great game plan against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

IN NUMBERS: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics

May 13, 2018 - 8:34 PM

Here are the key numbers heading into the showdown of top rivals in the NBA Eastern Conference finals

TORONTO, ON - MAY 01: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles the ball in the second half of Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Raptors during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 1, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: 2018 NBA conference finals schedule, Philippine time

May 12, 2018 - 4:41 PM

The Houston Rockets battle the Golden State Warriors in the Western finals, while the Boston Celtics clash with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern duel

LeBron James 'on a ridiculous run,' says Celtics coach Stevens

May 12, 2018 - 9:48 AM

The 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player vies for an 8th straight NBA Finals stint as Cavs face Celtics

THE KING. LeBron James posts an incredible scoring average of 34.3 points on top of 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 11 playoff games. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP