The Cavaliers completed the sweep over the Pacers on Sunday afternoon, winning 106-102 in Indiana.
The term “sweep” sounds great and all, but it didn’t really feel like a sweep. The Pacers lost the first game by one and blew a 20-point lead in Game 3.
Game 4 was no different as the Pacers led 102-100 with 1:31 left, but the Cavs came back for the win.
Cleveland will get rest and will face off against the Raptors or Bucks, in a series that will more than likely go seven games.
In the series, LeBron James proved that he’s still LeBron James, averaging 32.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, nine assists and three steals.
As a unit, though, the Cavaliers allowed the Pacers to shoot 46.6 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from the 3-point line. That will have to improve if the Cavaliers want to get back to the NBA Finals.
James Harden Only Scored 16 Points And The Rockets Won
It’s true and I’m not sure how that’s possible. Harden said after the game that he had a sore ankle. He also said that he doesn’t make excuses. Saying that he had a sore ankle kind of sounds like an excuse, but whatever. We’ll let it go.
Russell Westbrook got his, as he always does, but in a 113-109 loss that put the Thunder down 3-1, it really doesn’t matter. Westbrook finished with 35 points, 14 assists and 14 rebounds, but shot 10-for-28 from the field. To put that in perspective, Victor Oladipo, Taj Gibson, Steven Adams and Doug McDermott combined for 31 shots.
The series now goes back to Houston on Tuesday where the Rockets will try to close out the series. Westbrook will probably finish with a triple-double, but that doesn’t really mean a whole lot.
In Gerald Green We Trust
Our next president, Brad Stevens, started Gerald Green at small forward for the Celtics in Game 3 and it paid off.
He did it again in Game 4, and Green didn’t disappoint, finishing with 18 points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes. Sixteen of those points came in the first half.
The Celtics came away with a 104-95 win to tie the series at 2-2.
You can’t tell me the Bulls wouldn’t have won one of the last two games had Rajon Rondo played, but Rondo has a hand injury and instead of playing, he’s trying to contribute by tripping people which is better than not contributing at all. Maybe? Okay. Not at all. You’re right.
Game 5 will be in Boston on Wednesday.
Gobert Or Go Home
If you don’t know how to pronounce Gobert, this is super awkward and that subhead doesn’t make any sense.
After missing the majority of Game 1 and all of Game 2, the NBA’s likely Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert, finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks in just 24 minutes to help the Jazz to a 105-98 win, tying the series at 2-2.
The game ball goes to Joe Johnson. Johnson is 74 years old. He also finished with 28 points off the bench, shooting 12-for-17 from the field and 2-for-3 from the 3-point line. Johnson already has a game winner in this series. If you thought Johnson would give the Jazz this type of production, you’re lying or you’re Quin Snyder and if you’re Quin Snyder, these are things you just have to say as a head coach even though you might not believe it.
Game 5 is set for Tuesday in Los Angeles.
Tonight, we’ve got the Bucks at Raptors, Wizards at Hawks and Warriors at Blazers. Give me the Bucks, Wizards and Warriors.
Until tomorrow, good friends.