Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

LeBron Makes History As Cavaliers Return To Finals Again


For reasons I can't explain, Love does not get enough love for how well he plays defensively. It's a hard task, but adversity is part of life, and it's a part of the game.

The Boston have arguably played better in Games 3 and 4 as the organization seem to have some rotations going that the Cavs have had trouble defending.

Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates.

By the fourth quarter, we sat all the starters ensuring their health and preventing any possible injuries, letting the deep bench players to get a run in, and finished the game still maintaining an overwhelming 33 point lead and 135 points (Cavaliers franchise record for most points in a playoff game) to finish the series in Boston Garden. Just as fittingly, Kyrie Irving assisted on the basket - a 3-point shot with 2:41 left in the third quarter to increase the Cavaliers' lead to 103-71. It was a matchup that we were all looking forward to, and I'm glad that we prevailed. Boston had several open looks, especially in the second half."It wasn't tough to watch", he said as the Cavaliers prepared for Tuesday night's Game 4.After the game on his way to the post game press conference, a belligerent Cavs fan heckled James prompting James to fire back with a few words of his own. This is definitely going to be one of those stories he tells and will probably talk about. However, Kyrie Irving took over in the second half to lead Cleveland to the victory.

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.

The great thing about this is the experience. The Cavaliers were locked, loaded and ready to advance to the NBA Finals for a third consecutive year.

"He just never had the opportunity because of the team at that point in time".

After sweeping the Pacers, the Cavs were solid and businesslike in an impressive sweep of Toronto, then went on the road and dismantled Boston twice to open the conference finals, leading Game 1 by 28 points and Game 2 by 50.

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Whether or not they'll pull that off is unknown, much like the status of their rookie swingman Jaylen Brown.

That's the bad news for the Cavs.

"In the back of my mind, I thought, 'They can't tie up the series, '" he said. "We're right there where we want to be".

"We have to execute offensively".

"We have guys who have chips on their shoulders", Boston coach Brad Stevens said.

Lue said James was "in good spirits" and that no one was pinning the loss on him. "We'll play the game and we'll see what happens". "They can not. We can not go to Boston 2-2 and then it becomes nearly an even series".

There weren't many positive takeaways from this series for the Celtics, but facing a team like Cleveland gave the C's an idea of what it takes to be a legitimate championship contender. I'll be like, 'F-k.' They're running all kinds of s-t, man.

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