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Celtics throw scare into LeBron, Cavs in Game 4

25 Mai 2017

James, determined to bounce back after a poor 11-point haul in Game 3, then steadied the Cleveland nerves in the fourth quarter, bringing the Cavaliers home for the win as Boston's courageous effort came up short.

Boston's victory may have given Cleveland a bit of a wakeup call, or provided basketball fans with a series.

Cavaliers small forward LeBron James has got to be better in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals than he was in Game 3.

"I had a tough game, period", he said.

"When we've got opportunities for guys to have open shots, you've got to take those shots. If we play harder than they do we can get back in it". I don't particularly care, but if you look at the data of what he's doing right now, and you compare it to every other National Basketball Association player that's existed, it doesn't make sense...

Thomas (hip) is done for the postseason, so it was backcourt mate Avery Bradley taking the big shot and delivering the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left to cap a comeback from a 21-point, third-quarter deficit.

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

The positive for the Cavs, who lost for the first time in 11 playoff games in 2017 and for the first time in their last 14 postseason games overall, is that James usually responds to a bad game with a fantastic one.

Those three mistakes allowed the Celtics to get back in the game and helped them eventually get the win. "It's what he does".

The spotlight, of course, looms large for LeBron in the postseason, and his performances have always been a measure of just how much we scrutinize the best players. More unusual was that he didn't attack the basket with his customary tenacity.

"I thought we played as well as maybe we have the entire playoffs during the first half", Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters afterward.

The Warriors outscored the Spurs by 85 points in the series after Kawhi Leonard suffered a sprained ankle in Game 1 with 7:52 remaining in the third quarter and San Antonio leading 78-55. "I think he's probably going to collect one to two more opinions and then go from there before he ultimately makes a decision on the next step, whether that next step is surgery or a specific rehab program, whatever the case may be".

Generally, when referees see Marcus Smart during a game, their impulse is to reach for earplugs. Olynyk is a good position defender and responded well on those, covering the pass and protecting the rim. He can read situations.

Alex Kungu: I'm expecting a 30/10/8 performance, and I'm also hoping Love or Irving isn't as good as they were in Game 3.

"If he decides he's going to play again that's up to him", said Popovich.

Still, the defending champs could have still closed the contest with a W had they simply played better defense, but they let Boston get confidence and score 61 points in the second half.

The money line for the Celtics against the Cavs in Game 4 is set at +1200, meaning that a $100 bet on the Celtics would win you $1,200.

Celtics throw scare into LeBron, Cavs in Game 4