Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

James says Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

James says Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

Boston often sent two defenders at the Cavs guard. but couldn't stop him. The Celtics couldn't, either.

Irving had a playoff career-high 42 points which included him scoring 12 of Cleveland's 14 points in the final 6:46 of the second with James on the bench.

"He's a special talent", James said about Irving.

"I've twisted my ankle so many times that plays like that, you have two choices, either you can sit there and kind of wallow in the sorrow of you twisting your ankle or capture the moment", Irving said.

Cleveland righted the ship in Game 4 to take a 3-1 lead, and are now one victory away from a third consecutive NBA Finals matchup with Golden State.

But me, personally, I didn't have it.There wasn't much to gush about, that's for sure."It was one of those games we had to fight through and we had to earn it", he said.With Cleveland in jeopardy of dropping its second game in a row after James followed an 11-point Game 3 debacle by picking up four first-half fouls, Irving put on a breathtaking one-man show.Kyrie taking over the game also allowed for Kevin Love and James to get going late.

"Coming out at half-time, I just wanted to be aggressive and lead my guys and leave it all out there on the floor", Irving said.

As good as he was on the court, the Celtics have to be kicking themselves for not doing more with the time James on the bench in the second quarter which in hindsight, was among the bigger factors in them now returning home facing elimination as opposed to being tied at two games apiece in this series. "They can not. We can not go to Boston 2-2 and then it becomes nearly an even series". "We definitely needed that effort from him".

"In the third quarter, the whole game just turned around", Terry Pluto says. "I was able to get back into a rhythm very fast".

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Avery Bradley scored 19 and Jae Crowder 18 for Boston.

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Cleveland entered the final stanza after a 40-point third quarter.

"There's choices", Stevens said.

It wouldn't be insane to think the Celtics could win Game 5 at home.

If nothing else, Lue said their recent taste of adversity should help them remain humble heading into Game 5.

"I feel like we're humble enough to know we haven't played well at home", he said. "They were unbelievable. Irving was incredible at the end of the third, and then obviously LeBron had all those baskets in the fourth".

They've given themselves a chance to erase the sting of their 44-point loss in Game 2. Here goes: Throughout his career, in games played after he has scored 15 points or less, he has responded with an average of 28.3 points. Cavs G J.R. Smith and his wife brought home from the hospital their baby daughter Dakota, who had been in a Cleveland-area NICU since her birth in January.

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