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Irving, James turn the tables on Celtics with comeback of their own

May 24, 2017

LeBron James got into foul trouble in the first half, but Kyrie Irving stepped up and scored a career-high 42 points as the Cavs took down the Celtics 112-99. LeBron added 34 points in the win.CLEVELAND -- LeBron James claimed that some type of adversity would be necessary for the Cleveland Cavaliers to find their ultimate playoff success following an epic meltdown in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Tuesday’s Game 4 against the Boston Celtics might have brought more adversity than even James bargained for. For the first time in his 14-year career -- more than 1,200 games played in the regular season and playoffs combined -- James picked up four first-half fouls, sending him to the bench midway through the second quarter with the Cavs down by double digits.

What followed was Cleveland’s turn for a comeback, erasing a 16-point hole to win 112-99 and take a 3-1 series lead.

While the basketball world tuned in wondering what James would do to make up for his disappearing act in Game 3, it was Kyrie Irving who stole the show with his most electrifying postseason game since Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Golden State, when he put up 41 points in a must-win scenario....

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Celtics F Amir Johnson (shoulder) questionable for Game 4

May 23, 2017

Amir Johnson suffered a right shoulder strain in Sunday's Game 3 victory after getting tangled with Tristan Thompson while chasing a rebound. Jason Miller/Getty ImagesCLEVELAND -- Boston Celtics big man Amir Johnson did not participate in Monday's practice and is questionable for Tuesday's Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Johnson suffered a right shoulder strain in Sunday's Game 3 victory after getting tangled with Tristan Thompson while chasing a rebound in the opening minutes of the first quarter.

The Boston Globe reported Monday that Johnson was scheduled to have an MRI on his ailing shoulder....

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'Ecstatic' Isaiah Thomas shares Celtics' Game 3 locker-room celebration via FaceTime

May 23, 2017

"He was ecstatic," Marcus Smart said of FaceTiming with Isaiah Thomas postgame to celebrate the Celtics' Game 3 win. "I told him I channeled my inner IT and he kind of laughed a little bit." Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty ImagesCLEVELAND -- In the aftermath of Sunday's Game 3 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics players initiated a video call with injured teammate Isaiah Thomas from the visitors locker room at Quicken Loans Arena so that Thomas could be a part of the team's celebration.

After Avery Bradley's 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left rattled home to lift Boston to a 111-108 triumph, Thomas texted all of his teammates with words of praise and support. Gerald Green, one of Thomas' closest friends on the team, then Facetimed Thomas and the locker room roared when an excited Thomas appeared on the screen.

"He's part of our team. He's part of our squad," Kelly Olynyk said. "We wanted to share it with him. He was ecstatic, man. He was as excited as we were."...

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Celtics' rally culminates with shooter's roll from Bradley

May 23, 2017

With the final seconds ticking down and the game knotted up at 108-108, Avery Bradley's game-winning shot gets a friendly bounce, perhaps with a little help from a Celtic leprechaun?CLEVELAND -- There's something about the city of Cleveland that seems to bring out the best in Avery Bradley.

Maybe it's the challenge of defending Kyrie Irving. Maybe it's the opportunity for Bradley and the Boston Celtics to measure themselves against the class of the East. Whatever the reason, Bradley has saved some of his top recent performances for visits to Northeast Ohio.

So maybe it should come as no surprise that, in the new biggest moment of the Celtics' season, coach Brad Stevens scribbled up a play designed to put the ball in Bradley's hands. And given a clean look at the basket, maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise that Bradley rattled home a 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining in Sunday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals to lift the Celtics to a rather improbable 111-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena....

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Brad Stevens: 'We've got guys that have chips on their shoulders'

May 23, 2017

Solid second-half play by Jonas Jerebko, right, led to Avery Bradley sinking a 3-point shot with 0.1 seconds left to give the Celtics the win in Game 3 and breathe new life into their playoff run. David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty ImagesCLEVELAND -- The Boston Celtics were two days removed from an embarrassing 44-point loss on their home court. They were one day removed from their best player, Isaiah Thomas, being shut down for the postseason due to a hip injury.

And despite trailing by as much as 21 points in the third quarter of Sunday's Game 3 against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena, the Celtics refused to believe that they were out of the series.

"That's not who we have in our locker room," said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. "We've got guys that have chips on their shoulders. A lot of these guys have been overlooked, and this is their first opportunity to really play a meaningful role. And as they've continued to play and play better and better and better, they've just risen in their games and with our team....

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