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

Tyronn Lue excuses LeBron James' poor play

Obstacles different even than the Warriors, who await the victor of the Eastern Conference Final. "They can do a lot of different things". "Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff but these guys are running all kinds of (stuff)". Irving was playing at his very best in the third, gracefully dancing into the paint before artfully spinning the ball off the glass on balletic lay-ins, earning trips to the foul line, and knocking home back-breaking threes.

"Momentum. We didn't continue to press the tempo", Cavaliers small forward LeBron James said. "As much as you want to, it's not over", he said.

He took the attitude that, "I just find ways to get into the lane, to get in transition, to back off and shoot the jumper". Like, we didn't know what they were going to run. Coach Brad Stevens said no decision had been made yet on whether Thomas would undergo an operation but reiterated that the guard is out for the remainder of the playoffs.

The way they responded Tuesday night - particularly on the defensive end - is a good sign for their prospects of wrapping up their third straight Eastern Conference crown on Thursday. "They don't have a lot of weak links to go to, to go at".

This wasn't one of them. Then they found out for sure their star, Thomas, was done for the year.

Cleveland, stunned by Boston in Game Three after romping two blowout wins in the opening two games of the Eastern Conference series, looked to be heading for another shock as the Celtics dominated the first half.

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James scored 15 points in the fourth quarter, making 7 of 11 shots from the field.

James scored 34 points to go with six assists in Game 4, recovering from a 11-point, 4-of-13 shooting night he endured in Cleveland's stunning Game 3 loss. The 93 points produced together by Irving, James and Love are the most they have amassed as a group and the second highest for a trio in team playoff history.

Boston continued their effective play on offense, seemingly less predictable with Isaiah Thomas out with a hip injury. He capped his blistering 19-point outburst with a 3 in the final second of the quarter and celebrated at mid-court by pretending to put two pistols back in his holster. I wasn't coming out.

But if Games 3 and 4 are any indication, it won't be easy. "They can not. We can not go to Boston 2-2 and then it becomes nearly an even series". The second hint was Cavs coach Tyronn Lue's postgame presser: When the aforementioned Roda posed a question, Lue flashed a smile and said, "That's amusing". "I don't think LeBron ever had four fouls in the first half of a playoff game his whole career".

Irving's big third quarter was of course the main storyline of the game, with the star guard going nuts on Celtics defenders with a bevy of crossovers, twisting layups, and pull up 3-pointers. "And we have to make those guys miss".

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