Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cavaliers turn over Game 3 to Celtics


And yet, they were victorious in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, 111-108, shocking the Cleveland Cavaliers with a last-second 3-pointer from Avery Bradley, who somehow got the shot to drop after an exceedingly friendly bounce. Stevens didn't review much of the Game 2 tape, but there's a mental image in his head of the Cavs making tough shot after tough shot.

But, "he didn't even score a point in the last 16 minutes he was on the floor". He deserved to have that night of respect so that he really feels that we appreciate everything he's done for us over the years. It also was the first time in his postseason career that he squandered a 20-plus point lead. The arguments that the Celtics are better without Thomas are ridiculous, and it's obvious they could have used him during the fourth quarter of Game 4. 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. "A lot of things went wrong". "We have to play a lot better. It's the first time he was held scoreless playing the 4th quarter at home since 2006 when he did it against the Wizards".

The malaise - perhaps it was a lack of respect for the outmanned Celtics - seemed to affect James and the Cavaliers at both ends of the court. Just like Cleveland had done in the first half, Boston took advantage of the three-point shot to close out the period with a deficit of just five points at 87-82.

Boston powered into a 29-19 first quarter lead and maintained their 10-point cushion through to half-time, leading 57-47 at the break.

The Cavs led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter on Sunday but they shot 2-for-17 from three-point range in the second half.

Lue, however, shrugged off the off night on Monday as he prepared his team for Tuesday's Game 4 in Cleveland. We just have to go out there and play. Jae Crowder added 18 points while Al Horford had 16 points, six assists and three rebounds. "Not just in the second half". Isaiah Thomas ranks fifth in usage rate and seventh in ball screens used per game in the playoffs.

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Cavaliers: The 42 points were a career playoff-high for Irving, who scored 41 in Game 5 of last year's Finals. Most notably, he hit 12-of-15 from the free-throw line.

"He has so many different wrinkles, misdirection, thinking the ball is going this way, he has a misdirection going the other way", James said. Dude replied: "I played at Hiram College". Should the Warriors win Monday, they will become the first team in National Basketball Association to reach the Finals with a 12-0 record. It's a fun way to play and we want to keep that up.

Security ushered the fan away from James, who then went to the podium and was blunt in assessing a very uncharacteristic game for the NBA's best all-around player.

"I think he's going to be aggressive (in Game 4)", Boston shooting guard Avery Bradley said. "Not just in the second half", James said. "That's all I have to say about it". It certainly didn't help that the Cavaliers made the most of those extra possessions, shooting a ridiculous 71 percent in the second half. A good portion of the damage was delivered via 14 long-range bombs. Ginobili started and was taken out of the game with two minutes remaining to huge applause.

During the opening two quarters, the Cavaliers maintained the advantage for virtually all 24 minutes. Golden State has won six straight road games in the postseason, which is a franchise record.

"You have to have some type of adversity to be successful", James said.

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