LeBron James has often said he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win.

So it comes as no surprise he said after the morning shootaround he was willing to play 48 minutes against the Boston Celtics Saturday in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The winner advances to meet Oklahoma City in the NBA Finals, which begin Tuesday.

“I prepared for it in Game 6 to play the whole game,” James said. “[Coach Erik Spoelstra] only gave me a couple minutes there. I’m focusing on not coming out.”

James is coming off a 45-point effort in Game 6 that tied the series at 3. He played 44 straight minutes before leaving when the game was already decided. Spoelstra tried to substitute James in the third quarter, but he waved it off.

– Reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel