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Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury

01 June 2017, 12:45 | Susie Olson

LeBron's critics return after stinky Game 3 performance

Did the Cavaliers curse themselves by coming out to the Monstars theme song?

Avery Bradley's buzzer-beating three-pointer has capped a stunning 111-108 comeback win for Boston over Cleveland in game three of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

When Bradley's 3-pointer bounced in with less than a second to go, James had lost for the first time in 50 playoff games when his team owned a 20-point lead. We knew that Friday was a 46-point disaster.

"That's no excuse. They played well, but we've just got to play better, be more physical".

"Everybody had to step up their game, especially with one of our brothers down", Thomas' replacement Marcus Smart said. Kyrie Irving led the team with 29 points with seven assists, Kevin Love added 29 points with 10 rebounds and three assists while Tristan Thompson finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. "We wish he was here with us, and we just want him to get better". "Everybody did their part".

Cleveland entered Sunday's game as 16.5-point favorites.

Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last eight road games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five Conference Finals games. If James' supporting cast can't carry him against a feisty Celtics team, they might be in big trouble against a Warriors team that can change a game in a matter of minutes. LeBron James struggled with just 11 points and six turnovers.

As he walked down a hallway inside Quicken Loans Arena to the postgame news conference, James was heckled by the fan for his sub-par outing. The Cavs did not seem to be locked in.Actually, that's not what they say at all.Did you know NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was so anxious about the league's TV ratings that he rang up LeBron James and told him to take it easy on the Celtics? He took just three shots and didn't attempt a free throw in the fourth quarter.

The challenge got more daunting, but Horford said the Celtics can honor Thomas by playing the way he does.


"Yeah, I didn't even realize that (the video session) had happened until later on", said Celtics coach Brad Stevens.

Do you think the Cleveland Cavaliers loss in Game 3 will be beneficial for the Cavs in the long run? Meanwhile, Jonas Jerebko also made a huge contribution with 10 points (4-4 FG, 2-2 3-PT FG) and 5 rebounds in just 13 minutes of action.

For a superstar who regularly seizes the biggest moments and makes them his own, it was unusual to see James basically look like one of Cleveland's reserves.

Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant led the way as the Golden State Warriors sealed a clean sweep of the San Antonio Spurs to reach their third consecutive NBA Finals berth on Monday.

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

James said he "didn't have it" in Game 3.

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The money line for the Celtics against the Cavs in Game 4 is set at +1200, meaning that a $100 bet on the Celtics would win you $1,200. "I feel like you have to have some type of adversity in order to be successful". If it's going to happen, let it happen now. "The ones we gotta look at are the ones he got at the rim". Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did it nine straight times in 1970. Crowder's tip of Bradley's miss made it 93-92 and the score was finally even when Smart canned yet another triple to knot things up 95-95 with 5:43 left. “But that just put another chip on our shoulder, which I think is good.



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