“You guys are gonna have the conversations about who’s the greatest of all time and things of that nature, it doesn’t matter to me”. The real question is whether or not they will be able to contend with a fully rested and healthy Golden State team.
“They’re playing a lot differently now”.
“I told him not to take the moment for granted”.
Ainge said earlier that because of the inflammation, it will likely be at least a couple weeks before Thomas and the Celtics will know if he will require surgery or whether another form of treatment will be needed. “They don’t have a lot of weak links to go to, to go at”.
But with elimination one game away following the 112-99 loss Tuesday night, home is all they have left. Then they found out for sure their star, Thomas, was done for the year.
With now facing a 3-1 deficit, Boston has effectively seal its fate in these Eastern Conference Finals.
With a three-pointer with 2:40 left in the third quarter James, 32, surpassed Jordan’s 5,987 playoff points.
Somewhere between the midpoint of the third quarter in Game 3 and halftime in Game 4, the Cavs forgot how important defense is to their success.
“In the back of my mind, I thought, ‘They can’t tie up the series, ‘” he said.
“We’re humble enough to know we haven’t played well at home, and we want to give our home crowd a better outing than we did the past two games”, Jae Crowder said.
Many of those matches were played with Thomas on the court, but Marcus Smart has the potential to bounce back from a horrific Game 4 performance in which he scored just eight points on 1-of-9 shooting.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had four fouls in a game before in the first half, so my rhythm is kind of broken and you’ve got to figure out ways you can still help the team, and my team-mates said be aggressive, be you”, he said. I wasn’t coming out. “But right now, I can’t say that he’s going to be coaching”. “They can not. We can not go to Boston 2-2 and then it becomes nearly an even series“. Boston had 26 assists on 35 made shots on Tuesday and 28 dimes on 42 in Game 3. A victory will also break new ground in the National Basketball Association record book, with Cleveland and Golden State becoming the first two teams in the league’s 71-year history to meet in the finals for three consecutive years.
The Cavs used the script that was successful in the first two games in Boston as they jumped out to a double-digit lead in the first quarter and built it from there. More than how it reflects on our team is how he’s feeling that makes it very hard to have to sit here and say that the man that’s hugely responsible for us being in The Finals for three years in a row, in a moment that he should be treasuring, can’t do it.
Because his shot was not landing, Smart tried to get to the paint.