LeBron, Cavs try to shake 'weird' loss in Game 3 to Celtics
- Author: Julie Sanders May 23, 2017,
May 23, 2017, 10:03
So will the memory of this one. For the first time since Game 4 of last year's NBA Finals, the Cavs have lost a playoff game.
"We know LeBron is going to come out even stronger than he has in games 1 and 2, but we've got to be willing to take that punch and keep fighting", added Smart. He's a great player, but stand up.
We've seen this before, of course.
This is a team, remember, that blew a 26-point lead IN ONE QUARTER near the end of the season. I mean, it's the Eastern Conference finals.
"The swelling increased during the first two games against Cleveland, and in order to avoid more significant long-term damage to his hip, we could no longer allow him to continue". "Not just in the second half", James said. Everybody kept believing in one another, and the biggest thing we did tonight is we didn't argue with each other.
We've entered the third season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1.
On a team as stacked as the Cavs, that shouldn't be the case.
While most teams would have waived the white flag - Houston Rockets-style - the Celtics instead played their best game since last Monday's emotional Game 7 win over the Wizards.
The Celtics played harder.
It was good enough though to help the Boston Celtics shock the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday, and not just because it eventually went through the hoop.
Smart finished with 27 points on 8-for-14 shooting, and was especially deadly from three-point range, shooting 7-for-10 from downtown.
Jordan's worst playoff game is widely considered to be Game 4 of the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals against the Miami Heat. He went 0-3 from the field with two turnovers. The career 29 percent three-point shooter managed to nail seven of them on Sunday, needing only 10 attempts to do so.
The Boston Celtics will be back for game 4 on Tuesday night in Cleveland.
"That's not who we have in our locker room", said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "I thought the first half he was really hurting, really didn't have any bounce, didn't have any push". Johnson scored two points in nine minutes. Love's pass was from behind the opposite end's free-throw line, yet it perfectly landed in James' hands over the outstretched arms of Marcus Smart, allowing the Cavs superstar to score easily.
Then came the second half. Everything was under control.
Game 3 was the flawless storm for Boston.
A third straight sweep is out of the question.
The Celtics still might not be able to hit open shots (it seems like they haven't hit one yet) but I think they ratchet up the defensive intensity without their star, and hold the game under the total of 215.