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


While trying to savor a rewarding season in which they won 53 games, earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, members of the Boston Celtics acknowledged the gap that still exists with the Cleveland Cavaliers in their quest to elevate to a true title contender. The Cavaliers will step into the arena smelling blood; they can't afford to drag the series out another game and shorten their rest before the NBA Finals.

Let's be real, the Cavs will make it to the NBA Finals to face the Golden State Warriors. Prior to Lebron's exit, Irving had accounted for just 2 points, and was seemingly absent. Conversely, they forced nine Celtics turnovers and converted them into 13 points.

It took 10 games and halfway through the third round of the National Basketball Association playoffs before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally encountered their first true dose of resistance this postseason.

"The kid is special", James said. And he was able to do that being in foul trouble for most of the game. When you're watching Michael Jordan it's nearly like a god. And I think that's what 'Bron had.

Irving kept Cleveland within striking distance while James was out by scoring 12 points over the final 5:11 of the second quarter. "That was my mindset".

"I know he won't talk about it, so I'll give my big guy a shout", Jefferson told Fox Sports Ohio. But he said both he and his teammates continue to be inspired by their leader. We just kept fighting.

"It's making us work", the Cavs coach said.

"This team is a insane team". It wasn't a huge sample, but in the four minutes that lineup was together while the best player in the world sat, they had a net rating of plus-26.4. "Now we can start focusing on Golden State to get ready". "I'm pretty sure I'll be sore when I get home".

Avery Bradley scored 19 and Jae Crowder 18 for Boston.

Overall, the Celtics exceeded expectations this season.

They've given themselves a chance to erase the sting of their 44-point loss in Game 2. However, everything changed when Kyrie Irving took control of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The All-Star rolled his ankle in the third quarter of Game 4 when he stepped on Terry Rozier's foot.

They beat Washington in seven games, including a Game 2 victory in which Thomas scored 53 points - one shy of the franchise playoff record.

James also became the all-time leading scorer in playoff history, surpassing Michael Jordan. In the last home appearance of the series, the crowd was vocal with its disappointment in the Celtics performance.

James scored 34 points in the win but that had to be the quietest 34 points I have ever seen a superstar score. Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

The Cavs trailed by 10 points at halftime in game four of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics.

Boston does not have a player like Kyrie, not even close, Boston has fought hard, they have battled back.