Cavaliers turn over Game 3 to Celtics


Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts during the second half against Boston Celtics in game three of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. But me personally, I didn't have it. In Game 6, Bryant bounced back with 26 points on 30 percent shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal. Instead, they are now down 2-1 with a chance to even the series before heading back to Boston. It was an intense moment made odd by the fact that a Cavs fan would heckle James for an off night when James is the one who delivered Cleveland a championship last June.

Game 4 takes place in Cleveland on Tuesday night, with the following match taking place in Boston two nights later.

However, Thomas' replacement, Marcus Smart, scored a career-high 27 points and handed out seven assists, and Bradley had 20 points. "I know everyone leaving the arena after last game, we were pretty down".

The really neat part of watching this play develop is how smart Bradley is at reading this screen and situation. "And you just kind of stay the course". They were without Isaiah Thomas and on the road. "You know him, he was yelling and [stuff] on the phone".

"I had a tough game, period", he said. He's now scored fewer than 15 points six times during the playoffs in his career, which is six more times than Michael Jordan ever had.

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Jae Crowder had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Al Horford finished with 16 points and Bradley had 20.

In James' absence, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love both impressed. He did answer all questions with his usual insight and perspective, but became frustrated with a radio personality and shared his displeasure with the media member. James spun around and asked the man to repeat himself. The Celtics made 18 3-pointers for the game.

"I feel like you have to have some type of adversity in order to be successful", James said. We wanted to go at six seconds, and the hope was that they'd have less than a second if they did get the ball.

And in doing so, handed the Cavs their first loss of the playoffs in addition to being the biggest blown playoff lead by a team whose roster included James.

Jerebko scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting, which included a clutch late-game jumper before Bradley's victor. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (5,762), Kobe Bryant (5,640) and Shaquille O'Neal (5,250) are third, fourth and fifth. He's the best player in the world. One of the things about Marcus is he's going to play regardless of the score. "I don't know what to say other than he's a handful".

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NOTES: Cavs F LeBron James won the J. Walter Kennedy citizenship award, given by the writers who cover pro basketball to a player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. We're going to play hard, consistently, the entire game. They have a scrappy team. "We came to win two".

You can bet James will come into Game 4 highly motivated to put Sunday's performance behind him and push the Celtics to the brink of elimination.

James was eager to break down film of the game on Monday, but he was able to recall much of what Boston did right.

"We've got guys that have chips on their shoulders", Stevens added. "That's how we gauge how efficient we look on offense from an execution standpoint".

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