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

No blame for LeBron after Celtics no-show, says Lue

No blame for LeBron after Celtics no-show, says Lue

The Boston Celtics pulled off the shocker of the NBA Playoffs to this point on Sunday night when they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 111-108, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Celtics finally were able to limit LeBron James on the defensive end as James scored just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting.

"One of my first text messages I got was from Isaiah", Stevens said.

His teammates and coach are confident he will be when the best-of-seven series against the Boston Celtics, led 2-1 by Cleveland, resumes tonight at 8:30 at Quicken Loans Arena. It wasnt worth all four.

That was the third franchise or league record the Cavaliers tied of broke this postseason, as the 130 points and 44-point win margin in Game 2 were franchise records.

The Cavs led by as many as 21 points in the third quarter Sunday, but they shot 2-for-17 from 3-point range in the second half.

Marcus Smart led the Celtics with 27 points and seven assists, and Bradley chipped in 20 points and four assists before a sellout crowd of 20,562 that included Browns rookies Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers and David Njoku and veterans Joe Haden and Corey Coleman.

Boston cut the Cavaliers series lead to 2-1 as their improbable victory came despite the absence of star guard Isaiah Thomas, who is out for the remainder of the National Basketball Association season with a hip injury. “We wish he was here with us, and we just want him to get better.”. "But we definitely understand that this (Boston) team is not going to quit, they're going to fight, they're going to compete". "Everybody did their part".

Cleveland forward LeBron James had a miserable night, scoring just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting with five turnovers.

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Even LeBron James has an off night once in a while, although the timing of this one wasn't all that great with the Boston Celtics stealing Game 3 from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"You let a team grab momentum like that, you nearly know that last shot is going in", James said. "It's our job to make sure that we defend him as best we can".

James helped Boston's comeback by going 0 for 6 and scoring just one point in the final 18 minutes.

“It was a weird game, ” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. Roda asked LeBron about his poor performance during the game, and LeBron responded by asking Roda why he only comes around to ask questions to him after Cavaliers' losses.

Cleveland is one of the best three-point shooting teams in the National Basketball Association - regular season and playoffs.

As Lue spoke to a large group of reporters and some Cavs players got in extra shots following practice, James was noticeably absent from the floor.

"I feel we have to have some type of adversity in order to be successful".

"In this moment when we needed him the most, he made huge shots", Stevens said. According to Michael Beuoy's win probability added, James's performance reduced the Cavaliers chances of winning by 33.1 percent, earning him least valuable player honors in Game 3. If it's going to happen, let it happen now. So I thought he was pretty darned good. Cleveland has clearly put the month of March behind them, a month where they had their worst stretch of play this season.

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