Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Kyrie Irving 'ended us'

Ross Houston
May 31, 2017

That's an iconic moment, what he did for the culture and honestly for the game of basketball.

Boston is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games.

In the opening two games of these Eastern Conference Finals, the Boston Celtics offered zero resistance to four-time MVP LeBron James, who glided into the paint for point-blank shots whenever he pleased.

The deficit quickly grew to 16 before Irving caught fire.

The second quarter was no better, and James (20 points on 7 of 8 shooting, 7 assists, 7 rebounds in the first half) led the Cavs to a 75-57 advantage at the break.

"In order to be successful, you have to defend", small forward LeBron James said. He coming off of a 17 point, 17 rebound night in Game 4 and should be able to continue his dominance over the Boston front court in Game 5. It's tough to put into words.

The Cavaliers simply need to pick up where they left off in the second half of Game 4, when they outscored the Celtics 65-42 after trailing by 10 points at the break.

Added center Tristan Thompson: "Just another chapter in the Kyrie story". This caused coach Tyronn Lue to have to sit him for the latter half of the second quarter.

That the Cavs did, because they seem to thrive on drama. "They have a great team right now". Golden State cruised to the finals with a 12-0 record in the postseason, winning by double-digits in all but two games.

Thomas was a second-team All-NBA player despite his 5-foot-9 stature - and he may actually be smaller than that - and his ability to take over games in the fourth quarter was the primary reason Boston finished the regular season as the No. 1 seed in the East. Just as fittingly, Kyrie Irving assisted on the basket - a 3-point shot with 2:41 left in the third quarter to increase the Cavaliers' lead to 103-71.

That's the bad news for the Cavs.

King of Cleveland LeBron James has praised the likely successor to his throne after Kyrie Irving's record-breaking display in the Cavaliers' game-four win over Boston. Thankfully, he came out re-energized in the 3rd, helping spark Kyrie Irving's dominance and followed that up with scoring 15 points himself (totalling 34) in the fourth helping to wrap the game up nicely for the sold out crowd. "And also you're (on the road), and Boston is going to make it even harder". "Honestly, we didn't want IT to go down". "We have to execute offensively".

When the horn sounded to end the third, Cleveland's players poured off the bench to greet him.

"It was one of those games we had to fight through and we had to earn it", he said.

"The importance of Game 4, especially the way we came out in Game 3, I was saying to myself, 'they cannot tie this series.' We could not go to Boston 2-2 and then it becomes nearly an even series", he said.

"Some of the plays that we made, some of the plays that I made, I was like, 'What are we doing?' or 'What could I have done better?'" James said. "Even myself, I'm 25 - I'm in year six going into year seven next year - but I've seen a lot in this league". I'm very happy about our accomplishment.

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