Cleveland Cavaliers center Omer Asik, who missed the entire series because of a knee injury, will start the final two quarters against the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
The Cavs will start off the third quarter with a three-point lead over the Celtics.
Cavs guard Kyle Korver, who is still rehabbing a torn right ACL, will come off the bench to replace Asik in the fourth quarter.
Korver has averaged 17.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in the series.
Boston has won six of the last seven meetings, including all four games in Cleveland.
The Celtics are in the best shape of their recent playoff history.
They are 6-1 on the season, including a 2-1 series lead.
Boston is coming off an 89-76 victory over Brooklyn on Wednesday night.
“It was an opportunity to get back to where we were,” guard Jae Crowder said.
“We were out of rhythm and we got our momentum back.
We were in control in the second half, got a little sloppy and that’s what happened.
It’s hard to get those breaks.”
The Cavaliers led by as many as 23 points in the first half but Boston hit a 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left to give it a 19-point edge.
The Cavaliers were able to close out the half on a 10-2 run to get within eight, but Boston went on a 15-2 spurt to take the lead with 5:28 left.
“That’s a very tough game for our team,” Celtics forward Avery Bradley said.
He scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds.
“You just want to come out and be aggressive and play our game,” Bradley said of the Cavaliers.
“I think it was the perfect storm for us.
It was a perfect storm.
We’re a team that’s in transition.
We are a team with a lot of speed and we just couldn’t stop them.”
Isaiah Thomas added 20 points and 11 rebounds for Boston.
Thomas is averaging a team-high 17.0 points in three games against the Cavs.