Bradley hits last-second shot, Celtics stun Cavs 111-108
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jun 01, 2017,
Jun 01, 2017, 0:47
They pretty much stopped giving a shit once they pushed the lead out to 21 points. Facing a potential onslaught in Game 4, Al Horford and the Boston Celtics will have to come out and replicate the energy they had in the second half of Game 3. As they've continued to play and play better and better and better, they've just risen in their games and with our team.
James scored just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, including an 0-for-4 showing from three-point range, in the Cavaliers' loss to the Celtics, their only setback in 11 outings during the first three rounds of the 2017 NBA Playoffs and first since Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
Boston cut the Cavaliers' series lead to 2-1 as their improbable victory came despite the absence of star guard Isaiah Thomas, who is out for the remainder of the season with a hip injury.
The embarrassment has likely ignited a fire inside the Cavs, so they could be coming out with a vengeance. Coach Brad Stevens told the Boston Globe that forward Amir Johnson has a sprained right shoulder and is questionable for Game 4.
But James wasnt himself Sunday night, not by a long stretch.
Spurs fans meanwhile bade what looked like a farewell to 39-year-old Argentinian legend Manu Ginóbili, who was given a rousing ovation as he left the court. An extra-amped James is a scary thought. It also marked the first time since the 2005-06 season that James played a full fourth quarter without scoring a single point.
"He's human, so he's going to have a night like this", said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.
Irving kept Cleveland within striking distance while James was out by scoring 12 points over the final 5:11 of the second quarter. Cleveland is now 1-10 during such performances, but James nearly always responds.
Any doubters of LeBron James and the Cavaliers should expect their best effort of the postseason in Game 4.
There's not a whole lot for most of us to dissect - LeBron had an off night, it's something that happens to everyone, even the best basketball player in the world. For a guy who played great for 5 straight months, he's got to have a bad game sooner or later.
Jonas Jerebko opened the fourth quarter with another three-pointer for Boston, cutting the lead to 87-85.
Had Boston lost Game 3, this series being over would have been a mere formality with no team in National Basketball Association history has ever rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to advance to the next round of play.
Lue also believes Sunday's game was a blip. That's one more free throw attempt than Boston had all game.
The Celtics lost Game 2 at home by 44 and the first two games of the series by a combined 57.
A Boston win is a win for competition. The Cavaliers are 6-4 SU and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 games as a double-digit favorite. Even so, who is to say that the Boston Celtics can't challenge and disrupt this meeting?
In Game 1 at the Celtics, James led the way with 38 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals over 42 minutes.
We called him on FaceTime, so he got to celebrate with us a little bit, Bradley said.
It was James' lowest point total in the playoffs since he scored seven for Miami in the 2014 conference finals against in, and before Boston's comeback, James was 49-0 in playoff games his team led by at last 20 points.
The Cavaliers basically conceded the East's top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by opting to rest their starters in advance of the playoffs.