Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Cavs expect another battle with Celtics' backs to the wall

Cavs expect another battle with Celtics' backs to the wall Cavs expect another battle with Celtics' backs to the wall
Rita Gibson | 25 May, 2017, 19:17

The Celtics have a day to regroup before returning to TD Garden Thursday night for a must-win Game 5, while the Red Sox look to extend their winning streak to three for the first time in over a month.

The Cavs are one win away from setting up a third-straight National Basketball Association finals match-up with the Golden State Warriors and ahead of the fifth game in the Eastern Conference Final series in Boston on Friday morning, James said Australian-born Irving was a star performer.

James scored 34 points to go with six assists in Game 4, recovering from a 11-point, 4-of-13 shooting night he endured in Cleveland's stunning Game 3 loss. With LeBron James in foul trouble, and Boston at one point leading by 16, it felt like the Celtics were going to steal both games in Cleveland.

Most people tend to believe that upsets are a product of luck and stars aligning together to give an underdog an opportunity to topple Goliath.

"It seems like you only ask questions when we lose", James said.

"I mean, he's human, so he's going to have a nice like this", Tyronn Lue, 40, the Cavaliers coach, said after the game, per ESPN.

The Boston Celtics stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers by winning Game 3.

And there will be a lot of talk about LeBron James picking up four fouls in the first half, and how Irving responded.

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Boston lost All-Star Isaiah Thomas for the remainder of the postseason to a hip injury in Game 2, forcing coach Brad Stevens to shuffle his lineup and rotations in Games 3 and 4.

One might be tempted to say that Cleveland thought it had broken their spirit, and it was wrong in large part because of Marcus Smart's heroics.

The fact is, unless you can find a way to score with James and Co., it's pretty hard to win when your opponent shoots 71 percent from the floor for an entire half, like the Celtics watched the Cavaliers to do in the second half of Game 4. The arguments that the Celtics are better without Thomas are ridiculous, and it's obvious they could have used him during the fourth quarter of Game 4.

Here's how Stevens has risen from an assistant making $18,000 a year collecting film to one of the best coaches in the pros.

The Celtics showed tremendous ball movement in the first half and was able to draw four fouls on LeBron James.

Replacing him in the starting lineup was Smart, who was supposed to deliver a better brand of team defense filling in for the 5-foot-9 Thomas.

Similar to Memphis, Boston sports have always had that edgy, "don't mess with us" feel that is just on a much bigger scale, reaching out to a much bigger market.

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