LeBron: Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

Ross Houston
May 26, 2017

But a 40-23 third quarter tilted in Cleveland's favor sealed Boston's fate, dropping the Celtics into a 3-1 hole in this series despite the team improving to 11-4 ATS over its last 15 games.

Then came Thomas' injury, which was severe enough to keep him from returning to the court over these last few games.

Meanwhile, Kevin Love continued his outstanding series by pitching in with 17 points and a career playoff-high 17 rebounds.

"He has publicly said (Lonzo) won't work out, and that's what we have to go by", Ainge said.

"It's a hard challenge because our preparation going into the series was going against a team with Isaiah, so now they're playing a lot differently now, so we're trying to figure out exactly what they're running and things of that nature, so it's been very hard on us without [Isaiah Thomas] on the floor, but now this is two games that we've been able to see them and we're going to get a better understanding".

Plus, something every team should consider (and probably already knows): championship teams aren't built around small-ish point guards, even ones as good as Thomas. "And Brad (Stevens has) got them moving and cutting and playing with pace and everybody is a threat".

"My adrenaline is still going", he said.

"I'm pretty sure when I get home my body will probably hate me, but it's the magnitude of the moment and what's at stake, and I wasn't coming out for any reason", Irving said.

The Boston Celtics have his undivided attention.

Clearly, Lue feels just as frustrated as his players trying to stop a team full of versatile scorers.

Crowder and the Celtics are looking forward to going home and redeeming themselves after the blowout losses in Games 1 and 2. "We want to give our home crowd a better outing than we put out the past two games".

Lue should have warned James to be careful, too, as the superstar picked up four fouls and spent the final 6:46 of the first half watching from the bench, unable to help his team. Thomas, of course, is out for the playoffs after aggravating a hip injury he originally suffered during the regular season, but his recovery timeline is still not known due to questions about just how he'll be recovering.

Look for Game 5 to be the Cavaliers' strongest of the postseason. They're 5-4 in the postseason so far. "We Walked In Together We Walked Out Together!"

The playoffs started out rocky as well, as the Cavs were a C.J. Miles jumper away from losing Game 1 at home to IN, then fell behind by 25 at halftime of Game 3 before rallying for a historic victory.

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