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

Last-second basket ends Cleveland's unbeaten Playoff run

Last-second basket ends Cleveland's unbeaten Playoff run

With four shooters on the floor, Smart has the room he needs to attack his defender 1-on-1, which is why the Cavaliers have LeBron James guarding him. As far as he is concerned, sooner is much better.

Avery Bradley knocked down a three-pointer with one-tenth of a second left, and the Boston Celtics completed a comeback from 21 points down to shock the Cavs, 111-108, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Cleveland is 14-0 when leading a series 2-0. Boston got their chance for an upset in Game 3, and they seized it.

Thomas is a hero in Boston for his scoring exploits and how he led the team through the first two rounds after losing his little sister in a auto accident just before the first post-season game. But I'm glad it kind of hurt, that it happened the way it did: let our foot off the gas a little bit, didn't keep the pressure on them like we have been accustomed to.

"No, no, they didn't mix up the coverage", James said.

"You have to have some type of adversity to be successful", James said. "If it was going to happen, let it happen now". "We knew it wouldn't be easy, but we got some things we can correct and come back ready [for Game 4]". Just don't ask him questions when they lose. "We've got to be a lot better for sure", said James after going 0/4 from the field during the last 16:31 of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Cavs hadn't lost since Game 4 of last year's Finals, and they came in tied with the 1988-89 Los Angeles "Showtime" Lakers for the longest winning streak in postseason history.

The Celtics were humiliated and bickering among themselves. "But all we can do is play hard for him".

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It's not just the Celtics' starters who contributed to the win. Jonas Jerebko scored 10 points in 12 minutes without missing a shot.

The Celtics made 11 of 22 second-half 3-point attempts, none bigger than the final one by Avery Bradley - that took three bounces on the rim to finally go down - with:00.1 left on the clock. "He's got to be aggressive, get downhill, play like he's been playing, play confident", Smith said. But this to me was a flawless example [of the Cavs saying] 'We're going to win the series. "He did a great job of putting us in the right position, forcing them to have to help and not be able to switch". We never counted ourselves out.

As you can see in the image below, the set begins with Jerebko - being guarded by Kyrie Irving - taking the ball out of bounds.

Las Vegas isn't buying what Bradley is selling. Certainly, that is not something the Cavaliers have the luxury of relying upon with their back-up point guard, Deron Williams, not having received more than 12 minutes per game in this series.

Even with those contributions, it took a miserable performance from James and a game-winner from Bradley for the Celtics to walk away from Cleveland with a victory.

And it was an uncharacteristically passive performance by James, who had scored at least 30 in eight straight playoff games and imposed his will on the overmatched Celtics in the series' first two games.

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