In Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Big 3 of Kevin Love, LeBron James, and Kyrie Irving combined for 71 points and carried the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 38 point victory over the Toronto Raptors.
Game 6 will be a whole different ballgame, though. The contest will take place in Toronto, where the Raptors have been near impossible to beat, especially this postseason. Also, the Cavs struggled in both ECF’s games in Canada, and both Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are going to do everything in their power to keep the Raptors from being eliminated. With so much at stake, it will be interesting to see which player shows up the most.
My guess is LeBron James. Some might say this is the “easy way out” pick, but it just seems logical that the King will dominate in the close out game. No one on the Cavs has played in more playoff games than LeBron, and no one has done what he has done in the postseason, on either team.
Not only does his experience blow everyone else’s out of the water, but Wine & Gold head coach Tyronn Lue has called out James, saying that he expects him to step up, and that he needs to lead by example in Game 6. Expect LBJ to set the tone early.
Finally, King James is 8-1 in Game 6s when up 3-2. He knows the importance of finishing the series without giving the other team momentum going into Game 7. While the Wine & Gold have dominated the Raptors at home in every game, Cleveland doesn’t want to take the chance of going home tied up with Toronto after losing a crucial game.
So my prediction is this: 35+ points, 12 rebounds, 1o assists for the Chosen One. James will dominate this one from start to finish.