After a resilient performance in Game 4, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers look to accomplish what no team in the East has done this postseason: beat the Boston Celtics at home.
The Boston Celtics are 9-0 at home this postseason but will need to remain undefeated if they hope to advance to the NBA Finals. It’s now a best 2-out-of-3 series for the NBA finals, and the Celtics should feel confident with two of those games at TD Garden. If Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown can get the Celtics offense going, they should be able to use home-court advantage to propel themselves to the Finals.
It took 44 points from LeBron James, but the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to hold off a Celtics comeback and hustle their way to a home win. After disappearing in the first two games, the Cavaliers’ supporting cast contributed in a big way in Game 4. Kyle Korver tallied 14 points and three blocks, even diving on the court for loose balls in front of the raucous Cleveland crowd. Tristan Thompson added a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. The Celtics made the game interesting late in the 4th quarter, but it was LeBron who put them away with a killer three pointer from the left wing. The Cavs have now won two straight and evened the series at two games a piece.
Boston will need to improve upon their first quarter performances if they want to have a chance against a hot Cavaliers team. The Celtics dug themselves into a 34-18 hole in the first quarter of Game 4 and were unable to ever recover. All five of the Celtics starters scored double figures, but they will need to tighten up defensively to contain George Hill and the Cavaliers’ supporting staff. Kevin Love was held to nine points and 11 turnovers, so he will be a key player for Cleveland in Game 5. If he can score efficiently and cut down on turnovers, this series may not make it to a seventh game.
“If we play like we did in Games 3 and 4, we will have a good chance,” — Lebron James
LeBron James surpassed Kareem Abdul Jabbar for most playoff field goals in NBA history and seems primed to finish off this series. He talked postgame about the difficult task of winning in Boston and how he thinks the Cavs will fair. “If we play like we did in Games 3 and 4, we will have a good chance,” James said.