LeBron, Cavs try to shake 'weird' loss in Game 3

Ross Houston
May 26, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) fights for possession with Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) and guard Marcus Smart (36) during the first half in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena.

After the Celtics came away with a 111-108 win on Avery Bradley's 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left, Jae Crowder said the team was bothered by all the questions about Thomas during pregame interviews.

Cleveland, stunned by Boston in Game 3 after romping two blowout wins in the opening two games of the Eastern Conference series, looked to be heading for another shock as the Celtics dominated the first half.

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 fearless effort came up short.

The Boston Celtics remain alive in their futile attempt to unseat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - LeBron James was nowhere to be seen, staying behind the scenes, keeping a low profile. The Cleveland Cavaliers had a 21 point lead, but they blew it, according to ESPN. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games, 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five Conference Finals games. However, the big story of the night was the performance from LeBron James. LeBron finished with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting to go with six assists and six turnovers.

James said he just had an off-night. "We know that. Just expecting him to be better in Game 4". "You let a team like that grab momentum you nearly knew a shot like that was going in".

In the second half, the Cavs ran past Boston, 65-42. In Game 6, Bryant bounced back with 26 points on 30 percent shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal. Dallas went on to win three in a row and the series in six games. The four-time MVP hasn't been that bad since Game 4 of the 2011 NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks in which he scored just eight points. For a guy who played great for five straight months, he's got to have a bad game sooner or later.

“Thats no excuse. They played well, but weve just got to play better, be more physical.”.

"People of his stature, well, there's only like three, but people like him, you gotta play confident the whole night and play aggressive. As soon as the ball went out of his hands, you kind of knew that shot was going to go in because of how the game was just played throughout the second half". We've got to be better, but there's nothing wrong with being confident and feeling good. "They did a good job of sprinting back, leveling to the ball, doubling me a little bit more in the post". Let's regroup. Let's get back to playing desperate basketball, which (Boston) did (May 21).

"We never counted ourselves out".

"I feel like you have to have some type of adversity in order to be successful", James said.

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