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

Despite the fact that the Cavs will be underdogs in that potential series, Lue believes that the offense of the team's current opponent, the Boston Celtics, has an offense that's more hard to plan for than that of the high-powered Warriors.

As they celebrated defending their Eastern Conference title Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't ready to focus on defending their National Basketball Association championship. "It's just a personal goal of mine", James said Thursday before Cavs shootaround in preparation of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics.

James told a press conference, posted by NBA TV on Twitter: "I wear the number because of Mike". We were in a good place to be able to win a second game in a row, but it's been unfortunate for us. When you're growing up and you're seeing Michael Jordan, it's nearly like a god. "In the case of occasional games where it's my job to be aggressive in all facets and keep us within the game and constantly stay in attack mode, we're quite a different team". He quickly flashed one finger as he backpedaled down the court. "I'm going to be honest, I'm not in the right mind to even talk about Golden State", LeBron James said after scoring 35 poin. "That was my mindset". He lost a tooth early in the series against the Washington Wizards and he even scored 53 points in Game 2 after receiving six hours of dental work the day before. But if this series has become a chess match, the move is once again Brad Stevens' as Tyronn Lue and the Cavs countered.

"This team is a insane team. We'll figure out what we need to do to get better". The Cavs' starting five played the entire third quarter and outscored the Celtics 34-17. "They cause a lot of stress, and I'll get to that point when we start to prepare for them".

Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates. It took a 40 point third quarter (23 from Kyrie Irving) on 76.2% shooting for the Cavs to win.


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. Entering Thursday's contest, he stands at 5,960 points during his legendary career, just 28 points away from surpassing another legend in Michael Jordan. Improved to 36-5 against Eastern Conference opponents in the playoffs since 2015.

"It's a mindset, just being prepared, being ready, knowing you're going to expect a team's best shot that night", said Lue. Now let's see what the Celtics could muster in a must-win at home. Jae Crowder added 18 points and eight rebounds. The teams observed a moment of silence for the victims of Monday's bombing in Manchester, England.

The Celtics left TD Garden after their Game 2 beat-down anything but sure they could give their fans at least one more home game.

The Celtics, who are already missing top scorer Isaiah Thomas, could also be without forward Jaylen Brown for Game 5; the rookie is questionable with a hip pointer.

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