Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

LeBron James' fourth-quarter effort propelled Cleveland Cavaliers to Game 4 win


Thomas, who is done for the season with a right hip injury he sustained in March and aggravated in the playoffs, told Celtics coach Brad Stevens that he intends to get "one or two more opinions" before a course of action is set.

"I've twisted my ankle so many times on plays like that", Irving said. The Celtics have described Thomas' condition as a tear in his hip.

"There's choices", Stevens said. "I'll be like, "F--.' They're running all kinds of s--, man".

No sooner had last week's wild draft lottery dropped off the radar of the league's devoted UFO spotters ("Lemme guess: Boston goes first, then Lakers at No. 2?) up popped Game 3 Sunday between the Celtics and Cavaliers".LeBron and the Cavs handed Boston their worst home playoff loss in franchise history (44 points).

On the surface, Lue's claim sounds ridiculous, what with the Warriors trotting out two former MVPs in Durant and Stephen Curry, alongside the likes of Draymond Green and Klay Thompson.

After the Celtics took their 16-point lead with James on the bench in the second quarter, James and Irving combined to outscore the Celtics 60-50 the rest of the way. Cleveland limited the Celtics to 41 percent from the field and 29 percent from beyond the arc.

Yet, Lue said that the Celtics' unpredictability - born out of necessity, with Thomas' shutting down his season at halftime of Game 2 because of a hip injury - has made things hard after the coach had to scrap his defensive orders all catered toward limiting Thomas.

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James scored 34 points on everything that was lacking in the previous game - power drives; post-up shots that, if it were golf, you'd have said were in the leather, no reason to putt them out; two jumpers that went down as the shot clock ran out; and a solitary 3-pointer that was a reminder that he can so make them. And it's making us tougher.

Irving stabilized the Cavs after they had blown a 21-point lead in the third game of the series to lose at the buzzer.

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving (2) drives against Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals.

The Cavs came out and turned again to Kevin Love, who hit the game's first basket, a three.

"I was saying to myself, 'They can not tie up this series, they can not, '" Irving said. "Somebody just asked me that".

"You would hope so", Pluto says. That's where he's big for this team. But C's are going to need him and his athleticism, and I think he'll answer the call in game 4. "Be you. You got us to this point and continue to do that, ' so I just tried to find ways to get into the lane, get into transition, when they backed off shoot the jumper and felt very comfortable with it, so I was able to get back into a rhythm very fast".

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