“It’s what we work all offseason for. Ups and downs, all around the country,” Sale said. “This is what we live for.”
With that said, James’ 17 points still led the Cavs and he shot 8-for-13 from the floor with 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a block.
“He hasn’t played in I don’t know how long,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Of course his rhythm is going to be off. His passing, timing. That’s just part of the game. But I’m not worried about Bron. He’ll be OK. Tonight is his first night playing in a long time. He’ll get his rhythm. I’m not too worried about that.”
Cleveland had little continuity as a group, however, and the Cavaliers could often be seen pointing and gesturing to one another in the middle of plays to direct people where to go.
“I had to do something,” said Judge, who is 0 for 10 with eight strikeouts in the series. “I wasn’t obviously making any contact at the plate, so you’ve got to make an impact on the game somehow and luckily I was able to do it on defense.”
On the night they raised their Western Conference championship banner, the Predators blew a 3-0 lead as the Flyers scored five straight goals.
But then Forsberg scored his first of the game 50 seconds after the Flyers took a 5-3 lead, and Scott Hartnell jammed in his second goal tying it with 1:17 left on a 5-on-3 that was actually 6-on-3 with Rinne pulled. When Philadelphia coach Dave Hakstol challenged for offside and lost, the Predators had the man advantage, and Forsberg scored the winning goal top shelf.
Hakstol was surprised he lost the replay review.