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Game 4 Pregame: Cavs at Celtics

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 26, 2015

Time: 1 p.m.; Place: TD Garden

TV: ABC

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

Injury report: Cavs - Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out; Celtics - None.

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VIDEO: LeBron James makes full-court shot after Cavs practice

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 25, 2015

BOSTON: Everyone knows LeBron James could've been an All-Pro receiver in the NFL, but maybe he could've been a quarterback, too. Here is James heaving a full-court pass from the corner of TD Garden, presumably following practice today and shot by James' personal trainer, Mike Mancias. Unbelievable. 

 

 

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Cavs 103, Celtics 95: Jason Lloyd's 31 thoughts on LeBron, Love, scrutiny and success

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 24, 2015

BOSTON: Thirty-one thoughts for 31 points from LeBron James in a 103-95 win over the Boston Celtics that gave the Cavs a commanding 3-0 series lead…

1. Kevin Love’s nerves were a bit rattled during his first postseason game last Sunday. He fell into foul trouble on Tuesday. With the nerves calmed and the fouls no longer an issue, Love was terrific in Game 3.

2. Kyrie Irving’s shining moments came in Games 1 and 2, but with Irving struggling to find his range outside and getting battered inside, Love produced his finest performance of this series. He made six 3-pointers – the most he’s made in a game in nearly two months – he was aggressive in the post and he grabbed nine rebounds to go with his 23 points.

MORECavaliers 103, Celtics 95: LeBron James has 31 points, 11 rebounds as Cavs take 3-0 series lead

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LeBron James has 31 points, 11 rebounds and Cavs take 3-0 series lead with 103-95 win over Celtics

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 23, 2015

BOSTON: LeBron James had 31 points and 11 rebounds, Kevin Love had 23 points and nine rebounds and J.R. Smith broke out of his shooting slump in the Cavs’ 103-95 victory Thursday at TD Garden, giving them a commanding 3-0 series lead against the Boston Celtics.

The Cavs can close out the series with a sweep Sunday afternoon at the Garden.

The Celtics pulled within 95-92 late on a 3-pointer from Evan Turner, but Love made a pair of 3-pointers in the final two minutes – his fifth and sixth of the game – to send the Cavs to their third consecutive victory in the series. The Cavs shot 41 on 3-pointers (12 of 29), which ultimately proved to be the difference in the game.

Kyrie Irving had 13 points and six assists on his worst shooting night of the series. He didn’t make his first shot, a 3-pointer, until the third quarter and didn’t make his first basket at the rim until midway through the fourth. He ended 3 of 11, but was offset by big nights from Love and Smith.

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NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers lead Boston Celtics 84-76 after three quarters in Game 3

By George Thomas Published: April 23, 2015

The Celtics opened the quarter with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 56 after the Cavs went into the locker room with a lot of momentum.  That momentum ended quickly.  However, runs typified the quarter as the Cavs used an 11-0 run to take some semblance of control int eh game.  J.R. Smith, who struggled in the series’ first two games, and  Love inflicted damage.  Smith connected on two treys on his way to an eight-point period.  Love added six points in the process. Their collective efforts were needed as point guard Kyrie Irving struggled offensively with nine points in the game.

 

Leaders

Points: LeBron James (24), Cleveland

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NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers lead Boston Celtics 56-48 at halftime

By George Thomas Published: April 23, 2015

The Cavs allowed the Celtics to stick around after they took started to pull away in the second quarter.   Boston used a 10-2 to tie the game at 38 with 6:20 left in the quarter as the Cavs couldn’t defend or make simple layups.  One of the worst things they could do:  allow that Garden crowd into the game. The Celtics took at 40-38 lead and some momentum.   It didn’t last long, however.  After the game got a little chippy with Boston’s Evan Turner being assessed a Flagrant Type 1,m the Cavs ended the first half on a 12-0 run to go into the locker room with a 56-48 lead, taking, appearing as if they’d taken the Celtics’ best shot, figuratively and literally.

 

Leaders

Points: LeBron James, (17), Cleveland

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NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavs lead Boston Celtics 31-25 after 1Q

By George Thomas Published: April 23, 2015

The Boston Garden brings a different tone to the series.   It’s definitely been more physical as the Cleveland Cavaliers look to take a 3-0 lead in this playoff series against the Boston Celtics.  LeBron James looked to impose his will early as he sought driving lanes and found them open early.  Of note:  guard J.R. Smith continued his struggle early missing his first two shots.  For the quarter the Cavs shot 52 percent  (11-of-21) to the Celtics 44 percent (10-of-23).  Both teams grabbed 10 boards.  The most telling stat that could come back to haunt the Cavs: 7-of-13 from the free throw line in the quarter.

 

Leaders

Points: Kevin Love (9), Cleveland

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Cavs, LeBron James return to Boston where James once had a 'defining moment' in his career

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 23, 2015

BOSTON: LeBron James has played in so many postseason games at TD Garden that he joked Thursday they should give him a bed here. That would be fitting since some of his biggest nightmares occurred here – along with some of his finest dreams coming true.

There was the 2008 ouster in a Game 7 classic here, the 2010 elimination that ended James’ time in Cleveland and finally the 2012 redemption, when James soared with 45 points and 15 rebounds in a memorable Game 6 when the Miami Heat were facing elimination.

“It was a defining moment, not only for myself but for our franchise and my teammates,” James said of that 2012 Game 6. “We was counted out by mostly everyone, and for us to come in with the performance that we had, it allowed us to go on throughout that season.”

That season ended with James’ first championship ring, but only after slaying his biggest nemesis. Now he’s back in this building on a quest for a third ring.

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Game 2 - Cavs 99, Celtics 91: Jason Lloyd's 26 final thoughts on LeBron, Kyrie and a 2-0 series lead

By Jason Lloyd Published: April 22, 2015
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CLEVELAND: Twenty-six thoughts for 26 points from Kyrie Irving in a 99-91 Game 2 victory against the Boston Celtics…

1. Every postseason series has an ebb and flow to it. What looks true in one might change drastically in another. But right now the Cavs are playing like a team that will go as far as Kyrie Irving and LeBron James take them.

2. Irving and James scored the Cavs’ final 28 points, including all 24 in the fourth quarter. It follows their terrific Game 1 performances when Irving scored 30 and James splashed numbers across the stat sheet. It’s great to have two players excelling at such a high level (particularly considering this is Irving’s first postseason adventure), but they’re going to need some help sometime soon.

MOREGame 2, Cavaliers 99, Celtics 91: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving combine for all fourth-quarter points, Cavs take 2-0 lead

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