Celtics star Thomas contemplating surgery for injured hip

As if the Cleveland Cavaliers losing Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals at home weren't already bad enough, their efforts to regain control in the series in Game 4 were harmed when LeBron James got in foul trouble early on Tuesday.

The Cavs can reach their third straight NBA Finals, and LeBron James his seventh in a row, with a win in Game 5 on Thursday night in Boston. James' teams are 11-0 in series after leading 3-1. Kevin Love, of the Cavaliers, led all rebounders with 17 boards.

CLEVELAND - Much like they did in the first quarter, the Boston Celtics came out aggressive on offense in the second period, and that momentum led to a 57-47 halftime lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday night.

Avery Bradley scored 19 and Jae Crowder 18 for Boston.

All Star guard Kyrie Irving then proceeded to take the helm and lead his side back into the contest on with a spectacular offensive performance, scoring nearly at will as the Cavs gradually eroded the Celtics' lead. The second half turnaround for Cleveland was unprecedented, with them shooting 17/38 in the first half and jumping this drastically up to 27 of 36 in the 2nd half, led by Kyrie's marvellous 9 of 10 shooting in the third quarter. Irving hit 15 of his 22 shots on the night.

Predictably, the Celtics started to get more buckets, opening up a 16-point lead. After turning the ball over just three times in the first half, they coughed it up nine times in the final 24 minutes. But the Celtics couldn't take advantage, never adding to their 10-point lead with LeBron on the bench.

Even though Irving undoubtedly stole the show, LeBron James managed to turn his abysmal Game 3 performance around.

But if Games 3 and 4 are any indication, it won't be easy.

In the Cavaliers' first 10 playoff games, James averaged 34.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 1.5 blocks and 2.3 steals over 41.4 minutes of play.

Irving stayed on the floor for several seconds before sitting up and re-tying his sneaker.

  • Julie Sanders