Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Irving's 42 carry Cavs to win, 3-1 lead over Celtics

Irving's 42 carry Cavs to win, 3-1 lead over Celtics

In Game 2, they had 10 steals and the Celtics coughed it up 20 times.

He has worked with his team on these situations practice after practice, shoot around after shoot around. That has since been cut in half (17 percent) despite Sunday's thrilling win. However, the Bulls could just forego Phoenix all together and just deal with the Boston Celtics and get the No. 1 pick. "We didn't know what was coming", Horford said at shoot around ahead of Game 4. "That makes him special". Irving finished with 42 points, going 4-of-7 from 3-point range to go along with four assists and three rebounds.

Irving said he was driven by the thought of the Cavs seeing their series lead vanish. The average predicted score is 123-95 in favor of the Cavs. "You move on and hopefully be better the next game. Percentages are pretty good". And all the way back in 2010, LeBron spent most of the second half of a Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics standing in the corner watching his season slip away. He's a really good defender.

Earlier this week, James learned that he is not among the top three MVP vote getters for the first time since 2008.

"I'm just happy to be able to sit back, with four fouls, and see him do what he's always been built to do".

"There's choices", Stevens said. When your star "doesn't have it" and you get beat by a Celtics team that was missing Isaiah Thomas, that's cause for concern.

They remained 96-78 ahead at the end of the third quarter and there was only going to be one victor from there, with the Warriors keeping the score ticking over to the buzzer. "So we try to stay within what we do".

Just as he did in Game 3.

"Past it. Focus on game 4. I'm focused on the present, not the past".

James was vocal about how his team needed to learn from this loss how to play desperate basketball at all times.

"You gotta be smart about it as well".

"We didn't do a great job defensively", said Cavaliers guard JR Smith. "We look forward to the matchup tonight". J.R. Smith's triple gave the Cavaliers a 98-95 lead. No doubt, Stevens is hoping for more of the latter, than the former.

LeBron James followed up his 11-point effort Sunday night with some postgame drama. "But the way we were guarding the other night. We've got to be a lot better for sure". He's clearly not going to play. That stems from not just hitting the open shots, but not complaining to the refs when something goes wrong.

"This is his third game in six nights", Pluto said. The Heat, though, won Game 6 but then lost to the Spurs in the Finals in five games in what would be James' final playoff series with the Heat.

"I mean, he's human, so he's going to have a night like this", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

Nah it wasn't tough to watch.

"No blame. We're all to blame", Lue said Monday of James's display. But James, who had not played well in the previous two games, was a no show. "We have to play a lot better".

"Some of the plays that we made, some of the plays that I made, I was like, 'What are we doing". That sounds just about right for Jae Crowder. Who knows, maybe they'll go belly-up and lose to Terry Rozier, a man who eats spaghetti and sugar sandwiches, but nobody in the East is touching them if Kyrie is balling like this.

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