Daily News – May 22, 2017

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Avery Bradley, Celtics stun Cavaliers in Game 3, 111-108
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer touched every part of the rim and fell in with 0.1 seconds remaining, and the Celtics stunned the Cavs 111-108 in Game 3 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday night at The Q.

The loss snapped the Cavs’ 13-game winning streak that dated back to Game 5 of the Finals. It is just their second home defeat in the playoffs by an Eastern team since the start of the 2015 playoffs.

But the final result of this one was almost unfathomable. The Celtics were without their best player, Isaiah Thomas, who is out for the remainder of the playoffs with a right hip injury. The Cavs won the first two games of this series, both in Boston, by an average of 28.5 points per game. They led this one by 21 points in the third quarter. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

LeBron James said ‘I didn’t have it’ after bad Game 3 and arguing with heckler afterwards
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND — LeBron James’ explanation for his uncharacteristically poor performance in the Cavaliers’ stunning Game 3 loss to the Celtics was simply “I didn’t have it.”

“I had a tough game, period,” James said after the Cavs’ 111-108 loss to the Celtics, who were missing their star player, Isaiah Thomas.

It only felt like the Cavs were missing their top guy, James. He was held to 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting with six turnovers. He didn’t score in the fourth quarter and tallied just three points in the second half. He was 0-of-4 from 3-point range and 3-of-6 at the foul line. CLICK HERE to read full story.

Cleveland Cavaliers’ defensive strategy finally backfires in Game 3 loss
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers came into the Eastern Conference finals with a specific defensive game plan, willing to concede some open shots from players not named Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Al Horford. Some of those shots were going to be 3-pointers.

“It all depends on who’s hitting those,” Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue said before Game 1. “In the playoffs you’re going to give up something, and you want to take away something. There are going to be games like that, but as long as the people you game-plan for are not making those shots, then you’ve got to live with some of those.”

As he had done in the two previous series, Lue was playing the percentages. It worked in the first two games, back-to-back blowouts in Boston, as the second-best 3-point shooting team in the playoffs went frigid at the worst possible time, unable to make the Cavaliers pay for that strategy. – CLICK HERE to read full story.

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