In fact, he's been so good we even looked at one of his performances, a triple-double in Game 4 of Cleveland's opening-round series against the Pacers, and compared it to his greatest postseason games ever .
In the final 16:31 of Game 3, James had zero points on 0-for-4 shooting (0-for-2 from 3) with two turnovers, one rebound and one assist.
BOSTON (AP) - The NBA Finals has its first "three-match", courtesy of a King who passed His Airness.
The defending National Basketball Association champions, who shot 71 percent in the second half, opened a 3-1 lead in the series and can wrap up their third straight conference title with a win in Game 5 on Thursday night in Boston. The Cavs set an National Basketball Association record by winning their 13th consecutive series closeout opportunity. He had scored at least 30 points in eight straight playoff games and imposed his will in the first two games.
But then, I didn't know Michael Jordan's first retirement was actually a "secret suspension" imposed by former Commissioner David Stern for gambling. "I'm not sure there are good choices". He quickly flashed one finger as he backpedaled down the court.
"I didn't have it", James said afterward, and that was no understatement. "That was my mindset".
Brown thought the Celtics would have captured Game 4 if Irving hadn't unleashed a string of buckets during the second and third quarters.
Then, the Big Two became the Big One because no one in their right mind would dare interrupt Kyrie Irving's idea of a playoff layup drill.
"This team is a insane team".
"Some of the plays that we made, some of the plays that I made, I was like, 'What are we doing?' or 'What could I have done better?' But you figure out the next game and go forward". We got heart. This team got heart. "As of tonight, I'll get started".
Bradley scored 20 points against Cleveland on Sunday on 8-of-23 shooting.
Final score: Cavaliers 112, Celtics 99. Boston dominated the regular season as they clinched the Eastern Conference, with a record of 53-29. They held on to that principle after Game 3 and made life hard for the Cavs in the first half of Game 4.
Led by its Big Three, Cleveland quickly built a 21-point lead in the first quarter, while getting lots of contributions from their teammates. He got up, walked the pain off, and drove down the lane for a layup.
"The importance of a game 4 after what happened in Game 3", Irving said, "I said to myself they can't tie up this series". He showed no signs of lingering issues, though, beating several defenders off the dribble and handing out seven assists. Will Boston stay afloat with Thomas injured?
It wasn't the first time James had a lousy playoff game. At the beginning of the game, it looked as though the Cavaliers were going to coast through and take a 3-0 series lead. Held a pregame moment of silence for the victims of the Manchester bombing. Avery Bradley, whose three-pointer from 26 feet with a tenth of a second remaining was the winning basket, said the Cavs should expect to see from the Celtics more of that same desperate basketball James mentioned.
"He's ecstatic", Smart said. "What do you want me to say?" Now that Isaiah Thomas is out for the rest of the playoffs, the Celtics will continue to move the ball and find the open man.