Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury

  • Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury

Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury

He is also 40 points away from being the only player in history to score over 6,000 career points in the playoffs.

Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue says Irving's left ankle is feeling "good". Their desperation and defiant mental make-up will keep them in the game during the first half, but after a big Cleveland run in the third quarter, they will go quietly.

"Kyrie Irving and LeBron James... were unbelievable", Stevens said. James had 20 points and Deron Williams added 14 at the intermission.

Through four games one thing has been made clear, the Cavaliers will not struggle if they are driving into the paint with success. In game one the Cavaliers' dominance in the paint had very little to do with transition.

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Avery Bradley paced the Celtics with 19 points and five rebounds, but shot just 7-of-19 from the floor.

The task at hand for the Boston Celtics is a simple one. James had been leading the team in win probability added before that (plus-13 percent per game) and ranks eighth overall this postseason. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.9 rebounds per game.

Irving said Cleveland would benefit from having been put under pressure by Boston in Game 4.

Boston Celtics bench looks on from the sidelines.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are a ideal 6-0 straight up and 4-0-2 against the spread in six road games so far this postseason. Al Horford contributed 16 points and seven assists. Now, they're just looking to wrap up the matchup to meet the Golden State Warriors, who swept the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Final on Monday. "So I'm glad he's fine".

James also gave his thoughts on the finals and said, "Once we get to the preparation for that juggernaut, we will be locked in". Played as hard as we could.

-James will headline his seventh straight NBA Finals appearance.

The Cavaliers would increase their lead to more than 30 points on multiple occasions in the third quarter and go on to cruise to the win.

The Celtics know that outside shots are the lesser of two evils, and they can not let game four change their approach of focusing everything on locking up the paint, while trusting their individual defenders on the perimeter.

-Cleveland improved to 12-1 in this year's playoffs. Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

That's all the the Cleveland Cavaliers need to clinch their third straight trip to the NBA Finals, where they would, for the third time in a row, face the Golden State Warriors.

This is what Thomas told CSN New England last July about his upcoming free agency: "They better bring out the Brinks truck", he said. But if you're a Celtics fan you have to feel a lot better about the team than you did after their embarrassing Game 2 loss at home.