The Celtics Pulled Off the NBA Upset of the Year

It wasnt his ordinary game.

James took just 3 shots in the 4th quarter and missed all of them.

"Michael Jordan sat back at the end of this game and said, 'Really?" As James disappeared in the second half, so did Cleveland's ability to hit three-pointers. The Cavaliers played with goal, getting shooters free early or attacking the Celtics before their defense was set, which got them to the line.

James exchanged words with a fan late Sunday night after the Boston Celtics stormed back from a 21-point deficit in the third quarter and shocked the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. "You got the same team basically, but now you have added arguably one of the top three players in all of basketball, so I would always side with that".

Irving finished with a game-high 29 points on 10-for-15 shooting. Cleveland Cavaliers showed up just in time for the second half of Game 3.

Indeed, as the teams reconvene Monday night for Game 4 - with San Antonio on the brink of elimination - the series limps along with the most compelling aspect being whether the Warriors can become the first team to begin a postseason with 12 straight wins.

The Boston Celtics stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers on Cleveland's home floor Sunday night to bring the eastern conference finals back to 2-1.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue refused to point the finger of blame at LeBron James on Monday, May 22 (Tuesday Manila time) a day after a woeful performance from the National Basketball Association star gave the Boston Celtics a postseason lifeline.

But the Celtics are very much alive and well with a chance to even up the series at 2-2 with a victory tonight.

"Offensively, we didn't attack", Lue said. And best of all, Tristan Thompson had a phenomenal game, including what felt like 15 offensive rebounds (seven, in reality) and a thunderous blocked shot. "We're going be the toughest team". It was the level of expectation we placed on him for the rest of his career.

Smart had to strike a balance, then, down the stretch of Game 3. They all know not to expect the same, unusually tame James in Game 4. But Cleveland got complacent, Smart got hot and the Celtics, who arrived at Quicken Loans Arena on Sunday morning for their shootaround without Thomas and looking somewhat defeated, never gave up.

"Momentum. We didn't continue to press the tempo", Cavaliers small forward LeBron James said. Most every pick-and-roll that Smart runs would normally go through Thomas. "That's my job as his teammate and as his friend is making sure he stays confident in what he does, and you know, just trying to get him out of it".

Boston trailed 2-0 in the first round against Chicago, but won the next four. There is no secret that the Celtics are much better on the defensive side of the ball without Thomas.

Maybe the best joke Friday night was "the Boston Celtics are the first team in NBA history to tank AFTER winning the NBA Draft Lottery". Oh yeah, we say the guy is a "so-called fan" 'cause when have you ever heard of a real fan heckling his team's star player?

"You're going to have ups and downs".

"You obviously hear people saying that it's all about how you respond, and we don't feel like people believed in us and counted us out", Bradley said. They came in and they played tough.

Stevens looked beyond the scoring numbers James put up in Game 3.

"I'm kind of glad it happened the way it did", James said. The Cavaliers have all season been a team that has relied heavily on the three-pointer, as their 33.9 attempts per game were second-highest in the National Basketball Association. He just made it over and over.

"Right when you think you've figured something out, he just kills you", Boston coach Brad Stevens said. He can read situations. I think that would be foolish from a salary cap perspective.