How to watch Game 4 of Cavs-Celtics

Ross Houston
May 25, 2017

That's one of the reasons why if he goes through a funk at some time in March, shoot yourself out of it, and we believe in you, and let it fly, because in this moment when we needed him the most, he made huge shots.

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

"No message", Lue said. "A weird-feeling game". But give them credit. The three-time National Basketball Association champion had three points on 1-for-8 shooting, one rebound and one assist while playing 22 minutes. "They scrapped. They competed".

Coming into Sunday's contest, the Cavaliers had lost just one game at home to an Eastern team in the playoffs dating to 2015. While Sunday's loss might prove to be a blip on the radar en route to another NBA Finals rematch, it also reintroduced some concerns that have plagued the team all season.

When Lue was asked a question from the same reporter, Kenny Roda of WHBC radio in Cleveland, Lue sarcastically responded by asking Roda why he only shows up when the Cavs lose. First and foremost: defense. The Celtics now trail in the series, 3-1, because James (34 points, six assists, five rebounds) and Kyrie Irving (42 points, 15-of-22 shooting) elevated their greatness. You let a team like that grab momentum you nearly knew a shot like that was going in I'm kind of glad it happened the way it did. "More physical. Not into their bodies". He was the scoring engine in the second half, putting up 19 and inspiring his teammates with fearless play.

This is not a new concern for Cleveland.

At the most inconvenient time for the Celtics, they stepped up and came up with a win over the Cavaliers.

The Celtics came into this Game Three with nothing to play for and could have just rolled over with no fight, especially down a key player. On Sunday, the Cavaliers blew a 16-point halftime lead, reminiscent of the team's 26-point collapse to Atlanta in mid-April. He simply wasn't a factor in the offense, which had far too many one-shot possessions in the second half, even with Tristan Thompson his usual dominant self inside.

You could argue that Boston built a big lead in this game because Thomas wasn't on the floor. "You can't do that against anybody". Despite having the home crowd behind them, the Cavaliers struggled to match the energy of the Celtics.

"We need to rally around and play for him and play for our team", he said, "because our season is on the line".

The injury was so severe that Stevens said he was surprised Thomas was able to play Game 7 of Boston's semifinal series against Washington. We couldn't get out in transition a lot.

They've given themselves a chance to erase the sting of their 44-point loss in Game 2. However, there are times when that approach can become the detriment to their offense. I think, ultimately, they were terrific, we were poor. "I thought the first half he was really hurting, really didn't have any bounce, didn't have any push". I've watched a lot of LeBron James playoff performances, and last night's-which I absolutely saw, from beginning to end; I really can not stress this enough-might have been the worst one.

"We have to go in with a bunker mentality that we had in Game 1 and Game 2, to go out and do what we do, but we have to defend", James said.

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