After the Cavs tied the game at 108-108, thanks to a tricky layup from Kyrie Irving with just over 10 seconds remaining, the Celtics took a timeout to advance the ball to half court, and Brad Stevens drew up one of his favorite plays. Stevens also said the Cavs' 130-86 win in Game 2 - the largest margin of victory ever in an Eastern finals game - "may have been the best game I've ever seen a team play against us, at least in my time in the National Basketball Association.". My teammates did a great job of keeping us in the game, building that lead. It wasnt worth all four. Thomas got through the first half of Friday's 44-point loss in Game 2 before the team shut him down to avoid further injury. "It's a weird thing with you, Kenny, you always come around when we lose, I swear".The fan was escorted away as he was yelling his college stats to James.LeBron James, who has spent this postseason obliterating his opponents and forcefully reminding them he's the best player in the league, finally had a bad game.
Bradley finished with 20 points on the night and created plays for his offense throughout the second half, while Smart led the way with 27 points (7-of-10 on three-pointers), starting in an unexpected role.
Boston closed the series gap to 2-1 and yet nobody believes it has a chance to pull off the upset, and rightfully so, especially now that James has the one game in which he played like a mere mortal this series out of the way.
James had just 11 points, of which only three came in the second half as he went 1-of-9 shooting and had an unusual vanishing act when his team needed him. We wish he could be here but we understand. "As good as they are and they are tremendous, that might have been the best game I've ever seen a team play against us", he said. "Everybody did their part".
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James didn't play well in Sunday's stunning 111-108 loss to the Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
James accepted responsibility afterward, saying simply "I didn't have it" during a postgame news conference that was preceded by a run-in with a heckling fan in the hallway.
"I had a tough game, period", James said after the game that ended his eight-game 30-points or more streak.More news: A match to define Man United's season
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Last night, the Cavaliers did and it cost them a huge lead in the Eastern Conference finals.
"It was a game we should've won", Ty Lue said following the game. They scrapped. They have a scrappy team.
"We let our foot off the gas a little bit, didn't keep the pressure on them like we have been accustomed to", James said. "We couldn't get stops".
Heading into Game 3, the Cavaliers could not of been on a higher note.
Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said James is "human so he's going to have a night like this". Needing scoring badly, they caught fire from outside, making 11 of 22 3-pointers in the second half while the once-hot Cavs had their weapon stolen, going just 2-of-17 in the second half from beyond the arc. "I feel like you have to have some type of adversity in order to be successful".
Looking ahead to Thursday's Game 5, Irving will attempt to play through an ankle he admitted is likely to flare up. We couldn't get out in transition a lot.
"I thought he flopped", Jerebko said. Not just that they did it without the injured Isaiah Thomas. Which brings us to our next point...