Celtic Pride: Bradley's Last-Second Shot Stuns Cavs 111-108

Cleveland entered Game 3 leading National Basketball Association playoff teams in field-goal percentage (.433), 3-point percentage (.433), offensive rating (119.4) and 3-pointers per game (14.5). The shot bounced on the rim four times before getting the Celtics within two games to one in the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland can put a stranglehold on the Eastern Conference finals with a win Tuesday and could close out the shorthanded Celtics on Thursday.

The Celtics received contributions from point guard Marcus Smart - who had seven 3-pointers while elevating to Thomas' starting role - and backup swingman Jonas Jerebko.

Jerebko scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting, which included a clutch late-game jumper before Bradley's victor.

A 26-to-10 run to end the third quarter allowed Boston to carry momentum into the fourth quarter while LeBron James struggled to get going at any stretch in the game, taking just five shots in the first half, shooting 4-of-13 in the game while turning the ball over six times. A fan was heckling James about scoring only 11 points, including none in the fourth quarter. But regardless of what happens in the remainder of the series, Game 3's comeback will go down as one of the more memorable moments of a postseason that's been bland.

Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, and Kevin Love had 28 for Cleveland, which suffered its first postseason with their first loss since Game 4 of last year's Finals.

The Boston Celtics have stunned the Cleveland Cavaliers in game three of their Eastern Conference Finals series, fighting back from a 21-point deficit to claim a 111-108 victory. "As well as we played tonight, we've got a couple of things we can do better".

"We've got guys that have chips on their shoulders", Stevens said. "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". "But like I said (following Game 3), I'm not going to be critical of the best player in the world".

"Everybody in this locker room, on this team, has been told we couldn't do something or had somebody that really didn't believe in us", said Smart.

The four-time MVP was brief with the media, keeping his answers straight to the point and only cracking a brief smile when the subject of his longtime teammate, James Jones, came up who he dubbed, "Nostradamus". "If we play harder than they do we can get back in it".

The Celtics lost the first two games of this series in Boston by a total of 57 combined points. Not that they came back from being 21 points down with 19 minutes left.

Seemingly left for dead after maybe the most embarrassing playoff loss the league has ever seen, the Boston Celtics aren't quite done yet.

Over their last eight playoff games the Celtics are just 3-5 SU, but they've gone 10-4 ATS over their last 14 per the OddsShark NBA Database.

"I feel we have to have some type of adversity in order to be successful".

"No blame. We're all to blame", Lue said Monday of James's display. So, I thought he was pretty darned good.

"When you've got guys that are all on fire the way they are, the right basketball play is to find them", Stevens said.

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