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

Game 4 will be another chance for more Celtics players to step into the spotlight.

The Celtics tied the Cavs at 95-all on Smarts 3-pointer and then matched the James and Co. basket for basket in the final minutes in one of the most entertaining games of what has been a mostly boring postseason.

James had a rusty night on Sunday, scoring just 11 points and going 0-for-4 from 3-point range in the Cavaliers' loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Cavs will look to come out with a renewed focus in tonight's game based on their "letdown" in the previous contest. "I didn't have it".

"We had our downs, but we always believed in ourselves", said Jerebko. Considering Game 3 was James' first bad performance of the postseason, the answer is highly unlikely. Boston was motivated to atone for its terrible Game 2, but the Celtics are still terribly shorthanded and faced with tough matchups all over the court. The mysterious, low-energy Game 5 against the Celtics in 2010, in which he was a stunning nonfactor.

James finished with 11 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds and 6 turnovers on 4/13 shooting and 0/4 from deep.

They're easy to recall because they're so rare. The 32-year-old is a four-time MVP and one of the greatest players in National Basketball Association history. He's never been hotter. Not just that the Celtics broke the Cavs' 13-game playoff win streak.

The silver lining of Isaiah Thomas being sidelined for the rest of the playoffs is it forces Stevens' to rely on the true strength of this team, their depth.

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James got beat on rebounds.

To be sure, the Celtics were fantastic down the stretch. The current over/under for the Celtics' point total is at 100.5, while the Cavs are set at 116. The former is more likely, and Game 4 should give us a better grasp on where both teams stand. "It starts with multiple efforts, taking the challenge one-on-one and making those adjustments and just playing harder". “We have to play a lot better. I think that when you play better, you feel better. "He just kind of came up with that on the fly, and he made adjustments". Isaiah and next years Brooklyn Nets draft pick, likely to be top 3-5, should be an excellent starting point.

LeBron James during a Q&A session at shootaround on May 23.

Jonas Jerebko, who had been used only in mop-up duty over the first two games, was a Brad Stevens last-ditch attempt at changing the game's direction that worked brilliantly. Cleveland drained nine three-pointers in the first quarter alone, and led 77-56 midway through the third frame, before Boston made a game out of it. Within minutes, he tussled with Love, Kyle Korver and Deron Williams.

It was clear James was a little frustrated with his performance, and rightfully so. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue was an assistant in Boston and said his team reminds him of those Celtics teams with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo. "He didn't shoot the ball well, and we still had a 20-point lead".

The adage says that teams 'live by the three and die by the three, ' and the Cavaliers did the latter in Game 3, shooting 16-for-39 from deep while their opponents outdid them at 18-of-40. Comment and let us know! We don't know what Ainge's end game was in his search for another lottery selection, but it certainly would have shifted the National Basketball Association landscape.

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