Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics Game 3: What We Learned


The Cavs blew a 21-point lead in Cleveland on Sunday, ultimately losing by a mere three points to the Boston Celtics.

James's disappearing act was the real reason Boston had a chance to win.

Despite the off-night, James is still averaging 32.2 points a game in the playoffs.

Bradley had 20 points and hit his second game-winner in Cleveland over the past two seasons.

Cleveland forward LeBron James was ineffective Sunday, scoring just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting with five turnovers.

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James, asked to elaborate, said "some adversity" is simply part of the playoff process.

The report says that the fan was ushered away from James and there was no further altercation.

"I didn't have it tonight", James said. "Me personally, I didn't have it".

"The bench did a great job, especially Jonas Jerebko, of lifting us at that time", Stevens said. "I mean, what do you want me to say?"

There wasn't much to gush about, that's for sure. He sent him in for Al Horford with seven minutes left in the third quarter and the Cavs holding a 21-point lead, their biggest of the game.

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James' 11 points were his fewest in his 107 career home playoff games. If you said LeBron James would go scoreless in the fourth quarter and 1 for 8 from the field in the second half in the loss, people would have laughed in your face. The Bulls also won both Game 5's. At the end of the first half, the Cavs led 66-50 and are playing so confidently that they took a in-game break from basketball to play a little bit of football. Of course, the failure in Game 4 of the 2011 Finals in Dallas, when he managed just eight points. His season is over because of a hip injury, and although he's not around, his presence was felt by his teammates who rallied to keep their season alive.

However, they should be concerned by what might happen if 32-year-old James has an off night in a potential Finals meeting with the Golden State Warriors. "Heart. We got heart, this team's got heart". It's a brutal, nauseous feeling to play near-perfect defense only to have your opponent nail a contested shot anyway, and then do it again, and again, and again.

"I've seen them play before". We scored enough points to win the ballgame. "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".

James, who is trying to win his seventh consecutive conference title, tried to find a silver lining on an otherwise forgettable night. "But at the end of the day, we're going to have to start well, certainly better than the last two games". Let's regroup and get back to playing desperate basketball, which they did tonight.

"We've just got to get back to being physical, bringing the physicality and having a defensive mindset", Lue said.

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