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

Clyde Nash
June 1, 2017

The Cleveland Cavaliers were dominant through the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, but faltered a bit in Games 3 and 4 at home. But Irving was polite to say some kind things, anyway.

Warriors host game one of the championship series in Oakland next Thursday. When you're watching Michael Jordan it's almost like a god. "So I didn't think I could be Mike". "That was my mindset". "I don't have to score to have an impact on the game, and it's carried me to this point now and it is going to carry me the rest of my career". But Boston was kept out of the NBA Finals by the James-led Heat once again, losing the Conference Finals in the full seven games. But he said both he and his teammates continue to be inspired by their leader.

"It was big for us", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

"This team is a insane team. As of tonight, I'll get started".

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Avery Bradley led the Celtics with 19 points and Jae Crowder added 18 points and eight rebounds.

The Cavaliers had zero interest in prolonging what's seemed to be inevitable since Game 1 here, if not since Game 1 of the regular season.

The Celtics got out to that early lead as they played more of a motion offense and for a while it looked as though they were going to level the series going back to Boston, but there was no stopping Irving in the second half and the Celtics' offense faded as the game wore on.

Irving scored 36 points after that, including 21 during a game-turning third quarter in which Cleveland outscored Boston 40-23. The Celtics as a team shot just 10-of-31 (32 percent) from three-point range. The All-Star rolled his ankle in the third quarter of Game 4 when he stepped on Terry Rozier's foot.

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Meanwhile, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver helped spread out Boston's defenders by connecting on several wide-open scoring opportunities. Their 75 points is also the most scored in any half in franchise history.

Kyrie Irving struggled with his shot in the playoffs before the Eastern Conference Finals.

Cavaliers' 75 first-half points were the most in an National Basketball Association playoff game half since 2003 and gave them an 18-point cushion.

James and Cavs forward Kevin Love have gone out of their way this series to praise Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who despite the injury to Thomas has found ways to keep his team in the series. To the shock of most who have been following the playoffs, Game 3 became much more than a cliché. Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing.

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The Celtics got off to another slow start on their home floor in the conference finals. They were playing with their star point guard, Isaiah Thomas, who is out for the remainder of playoffs with a strained right hip that he injured in game two.

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