Tyronn Lue: Cavs' Kyrie Irving feeling "good" after Game 4 ankle injury

Ross Houston
May 26, 2017

"We want to give our home crowd a better outing than we put out the past two games". LeBron joined the fray in the second half where Cleveland outscored Boston, 65-42.

The Celtics got the career game from Smart in Game 3, and unless someone else comes up with something similar, they aren't winning Game 5. Thomas played every one of the six-game series. Let's take a look at three ways the Eastern Conference finals goes to a Game 6.

"You can't", said Lue to Joe Vardon of cleveland.com after they asked if he began to gameplan for Golden State. He is the third player to have battled a hip injury this season. He did not mention the injury to reporters after the game and no further details are available at this time, but we'll update you when we find out.

Boston shot 47 percent from the field and 35 percent from the 3-point line in the first half of Game 4 on their way to building as much as a 16-point lead.

James, who finished with 34 points, was joined in double figures by Kevin Love, who scored 17 points with 17 rebounds and five assists.

The key, though, was Irving, who capped his remarkable night with a fake behind-the-back pass - Boston's Jae Crowder bit on the play like a dog whose owner had fake-tossed a stick - and left-handed layup. The Celtics also managed to overcome a 0-2 deficit to the Bulls and outlasted Washington in a seven-game series, although he had Thomas for those games.

Standing in their way, however, is a feisty Boston Celtics bunch that has played surprisingly well without Isaiah Thomas, and very almost stole both games in Cleveland.

Should the Cavs win in Thursday night's Game 5, they'll establish a new league record by collecting their 13th straight win in a closeout game. "That's just how the game be played".

After sweeping the Pacers, the Cavs were solid and businesslike in an impressive sweep of Toronto, then went on the road and dismantled Boston twice to open the conference finals, leading Game 1 by 28 points and Game 2 by 50.

Thomas said it with a smile, but make no mistake: at 29, and after making roughly $29 million through what will be his first seven National Basketball Association seasons when he hits free agency next July, he is - quite understandably - going to be looking to cash in. "But, for Kyrie (Irving) and K-Love and Tristan (Thompson) and those guys just to keep their composure and just keep playing, I thought it was good for us".

Clearly, Lue feels just as frustrated as his players trying to stop a team full of versatile scorers. Celtics fans can at least hang their hats on something going into this game, having seen that their team can toughen up and compete against the Cavs.

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