Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics Game 4: What We Learned
- Author: Julie Sanders May 31, 2017,
May 31, 2017, 0:49
"I'm just happy and blessed that when I made a decision to come back that I was able to help him blossom, I guess, because he gets to play in games that he's always been built for". He also went scoreless in a playoff fourth quarter for the second time in his career. "He was born for these moments".
Lue chuckled before the game when he was asked if he planned to say anything to James following his sub-standard performance in Game 3.
When the dust settled after Irving buried a 26-foot 3 with:00.5 on the clock at the end of 3, the Cavs led by 7 heading to the final quarter and he had 39 points.
The Cavs are one win away from setting up a third-straight National Basketball Association finals match-up with the Golden State Warriors and ahead of the fifth game in the Eastern Conference Final series in Boston on Friday morning, James said Australian-born Irving was a star performer.
After hiiting 18 three-pointers in Game 3, Bosotn dried up from beyond the arc, connecting on just 10 in Game 4.
NOTES: Celtics G Isaiah Thomas (right hip injury) visited with an undisclosed specialist to determine the course of action for his surgery. Looking ahead to the Finals, the Cavaliers' best chance at winning will likely come down to outshooting the Warriors, which will put even more pressure on Irving to deliver scores. He pulled down 17 rebounds to go along with his 17 points, 2 blocks and a steal. Didn't look good, but he said he's fine, got back up, continued to play, made some big shots.
Kevin Love added 17 points and 17 rebounds for Cleveland, which now leads the series 3-1. When he gets going like that, he's tough to stop.
Boston was led by Avery Bradley who poured in 23 points. Add all this together, and it's no wonder the Cavs blew a 21-point lead to lose the game. We know what we've got to do.
Lue should have warned James to be careful, too, as the superstar picked up four fouls and spent the final 6:46 of the first half watching from the bench, unable to help his team. Stevens started Kelly Olynyk, who had 15 points. They're 5-4 in the post-season so far.
Points Kyrie Irving scored in the third quarter, half of his career play-off high total of 42. J.R. Smith and his wife, Jewel, brought their daughter home after more than five months in the hospital following her premature birth.