Cavs remain humble with chance to closeout Celtics in Game 5

  • Cavs remain humble with chance to closeout Celtics in Game 5

Cavs remain humble with chance to closeout Celtics in Game 5

Despite Sunday night's heroics, which ended a three-game SU road losing streak, the Celtics continue to trail badly on the series prices, sitting as +1,600 underdogs to knock off the defending champions and advance to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.

At first glance, the sight of Avery Bradley's 3-point attempt in the waning seconds of Game 3 doesn't come to mind as the ideal shot.

Boston exploded for a 55-31 run to end the game after the Celtics trailed by 21 with almost 6 minutes to play in the third quarter marking the largest blown lead in a playoff game by a James-led team.

After a nutty shooting performance in Game 3, Marcus Smart crashed back to the pavement with an eight-point, six-assist performance on 1-for-9 shooting.

It was Boston's first outing since star guard Isaiah Thomas was shut down with a hip injury, and the Celtics showed they're capable counter-punchers.

Among the Cavaliers, Kyrie Irving was outstanding with 29 points and seven assists, Kevin Love scored another double-double with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Tristan Thompson dominated the paint again, with 13 rebounds and 18 points, but that just wasn't enough for the home team to secure the win tonight.

That was reality for the Cavaliers on Tuesday night, as Irving set a playoff-career high with 42 points in Cleveland's 112-99 win over the Boston Celtics.

Irving put a scare into the Cavs and their fans when he stepped on Terry Rozier's foot and rolled his ankle. No ifs and buts; he laid an egg, and worse than much-maligned James Harden did in Game Six of the Rockets' semifinal-round set-to against the Spurs. "You just live in the moment".

"Once we were able to get together (May 20), we decided we're just going to play hard - whatever happens, happens", Bradley said. "We fought and came out with the victory". "You always come around when we lose, I swear". For a guy who's played great for five straight months, he's got to have a bad game sooner or later. Boston hit just 10 of 31 3-pointers (32.3 percent) for the night and committed nine turnovers after halftime; that's not totally unexpected without Isaiah Thomas, but it's not enough against a Cavaliers team that finished with 59.5-percent shooting, including 45.5-percent from deep.

"I mean, he's human, so he's going to have a night like this", Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said. They kept pushing and imposing their offense and defense against the Cavs in the fourth and tied the game, thanks to a three-pointer from Smart, with 5:49 left.

"We need to rally around and play for him and play for our team", he said, "because our season is on the line". "It happens. You're not going to win all of the games". They made a lot of plays.

LeBron James has played in nearly 1,300 regular season and playoff games throughout the course of his National Basketball Association career-and it's safe to say that he has probably been heckled during every single one of them.

Game 4 is Tuesday in Cleveland.

"I had a tough game, period", James said. According to an Associated Press report, the fan scolded James for scoring just 11 points. They were going through the motions and still had a big lead and then the Celtics started making shots.

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