Cavs' Thompson injures thumb, ending NBA playing streak

If they do, we'll be there, ready to play them.

But, cautions Mike Breen, who will handle the play-by-play of the game broadcast on ESPN (8 p.m. - it also airs locally on CSN), James is not going to be able to underestimate the Celtics much longer, if that is indeed what he is doing now.

The blowout clinched the season series 3-1 for the Cavaliers, who hold the head-to-head tiebreaker if Boston catches Cleveland again over the final four games.

With 18 three-pointers total, the Cavaliers became the third team in National Basketball Association history to make 1,000 three-pointers in a season. It's a big game for us tonight, especially being at home.

"Just trying to get our team right going down the stretch brings out the best in me", James said. "For us to win this game to get to tomorrow's game".

Cleveland led in nearly every category Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have won nine of their last 11 games and they will be aiming for a third straight win tonight after cruising past the Knicks in a 110-94 win on Sunday. LeBron played all but a minute and change in that Game 7. They won the next two at The Q to glide into the NBA Finals against the Warriors.

"I just think we're passionate and you're trying to win every game", he said.

The All-Star point guard missed 21 games because of a right wrist injury that required surgery. When the Cavs are on the road for a back-to-back, they allow 113 points per 100 possessions and get outscored by 11 points per 100 possessions. "And they have so many shooters on the floor, it's just tough coverage".

Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) works the ball against Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) on Wednesday.

Richard Jefferson gave the Cavs their first lead with a dunk 13 seconds into the period and the Cavs never let up. He averages one more rebound and two more assists with one day of rest versus back-to-backs and his free throw percentage is five points higher with a day off.

Whispers about the Cleveland Cavaliers' demise have intensified since the All-Star Break.

Harden finished with 31 points and 10 assists and scored 15 consecutive points for the Rockets to keep them afloat in a tense fourth quarter.

Unfortunately for Thompson, Brian Windhorst is reporting that the streak may be in danger, as Thompson is set to have an MRI on his thumb after injuring it on Tuesday night against the Magic.

Cleveland also managed to win without the services of Tristan Thompson, who did not travel after spraining his thumb against Orlando. The streak started when he was a rookie in February 2012. In three games against the Cavs this season, Horford is averaging just 7.5 points per game, nearly half of his season average. But then they exploded for 43 points in the third quarter.

Look no further than when they rallied against the 73-win media-ordained Golden State Warriors, or when LeBron-as a member of that team from South Beach in 2012-went into Boston Garden down 3-2, only to drop 45 points and 15 rebounds on the Celtics in Game 6 of the East Finals-scarily similar feel going into tonight's game-en route to a 4-3 series win and his first National Basketball Association title.

  • Salvatore Jensen