The Celtics Won The Game

The Celtics seemed like they were well on their way to being eliminated via a four-game sweep on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Isaiah Thomas is out for the remainder of the postseason because of a hip injury, and the Cavaliers had lost just one game at home to an Eastern team in the playoffs dating to 2015.

His 11 points, six assists, six rebounds and six turnovers on Sunday night resulted in a Game Score of 3.6, his lowest of the 2017 playoffs and third-lowest of his postseason career.

James did not do that Sunday in a 111-108 loss in which the Cavs owned a 21-point lead midway through the third quarter.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) goes up for a rebound against Boston Celtics' Al Horford (42), from Dominican Republic, and Tyler Zeller (44) during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, .

Irving kept Cleveland within striking distance while James was out by scoring 12 points over the final 5:11 of the second quarter.

But that's where the Celtics' success in the conference finals ends.

Cleveland leads the series 2-1 and Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals is Tuesday. The more Bradley, and more so Brad Stevens, can rely on bench players such as Jerebko, the better off the Celtics will be. James put together one of his finest regular seasons, averaging 26.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per game on 54.8% shooting, yet the Cavs went 51-31. "So we've got to be a lot better, for sure".

"He's got to be aggressive, get downhill, play like he's been playing, play confident", Smith said.

LeBron James scored 34 points, although he did record four first-half fouls and one awful missed dunk. Celtics gave the ball away nine times, leading to five Cavaliers points. "Me personally, I didn't have it...that's what I have to say about my performance".

Boston Celtics rookie Jaylen Brown was not convinced Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James executed a legal basketball move on his spin move and dunk during the second half of Game 4. He scored the final 14 points in the 3rd quarter and scored 19 points in the final 4:48 of the frame. "What went wrong for the Cavaliers?"You obviously hear people saying that it's all about how you respond, and we don't feel like people believed in us and counted us out", Bradley said.Thomas didn't travel with the club to Cleveland, but he was part of the postgame fun".

If the previous, embarrassing contests between these two teams (both remarkably easy Cavaliers wins, 117-104 and 130-86) account for anything, your Boston Celtics pulled off a sports miracle on Sunday night. "Yeah, I think they would have beaten all those teams, too", he said, drawing laughter.

"Once we were able to get together (May 20), we decided we're just going to play hard - whatever happens, happens", Bradley said.

The short media availability session finished with a reporter asking James what the keys would be for Game 4. Not just that they did it without the injured Isaiah Thomas. They came in and they played tough. Let us regroup and all the narrative and everything that was going on, let's regroup and let's get back to playing desperate basketball, which they did tonight.

  • Julie Sanders