Cavs beat Celtics to earn NBA Finals rematch with Warriors

The team with the league's best record (67-15) hopes to avenge last year's NBA Finals loss after squandering a 3-1 series advantage.

After cruising to a 2-0 Eastern Conference finals lead over Boston, the Cavs were humbled at home in a Game 3 loss, and needed a 42-point night from Kyrie Irving to battle back from a 16-point hole and win Game 4. At stake? A trip to the Class 3A Region IV finals, where the Gators would have the chance to win the first regional title in the program's seven-year history.

James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Live streaming for Cavaliers-Celtics Game 5 is available via Watch TNT.

The Cavs did look a bit confused in the first half of Game 4 as the Celtics found open outside shots and ran crisp backdoor cuts for layups.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have made a mockery of the idea that regular season performance is predictive of playoff performance. The LeBron James that knows in his heart there's not a soul who can really stop him or will we see the passive LeBron James that loses all confidence because he misses a couple shots and allows smaller, less talented players to alter his game. "We have to execute offensively".

One thing looks like a certainty: Whether the Cavs do it the easy way or the hard way tonight - or even if they don't end the series in Game 5 - they're not going to buckle when things get tough. "When the fans at the end of the game were - man, it's just wonderful".

The C's couldn't capitalize with James out, and when the third quarter rolled around, Kyrie Irving was ready to step up in a huge way. Irving stayed on the floor and finished the game, but with a day off between games there will be interest in how tender his ankle is at tipoff.

"In the back of my mind, I thought, 'They can't tie up the series, '" he said.

The Warriors will hold a social media contest on Sunday, May 28, to give away a pair of tickets to Game 1 and a pair of tickets to Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Before the playoffs began, the Celtics were 22-5 at home since January 1. They were playing with their star point guard, Isaiah Thomas, who is out for the remainder of playoffs with a strained right hip that he injured in game two. Jae Crowder is probable with a left groin strain, and Amir Johnson is probable with a right shoulder sprain.

It's an indication that despite still being in a dire 3-1 hole, the resolve inside Boston's locker room remains strong.

After nine first-half turnovers led to 13 points for the Celtics, who had just three turnovers over the first 24 minutes, the Cavaliers committed just six miscues in the third and fourth quarters. When you're watching Michael Jordan it's nearly like a god. Getting a win only happens if the Celtics can combine their great play, with the Cavaliers struggling in certain areas. To me, that's the only goal you shoot for because then if you don't, if you put your goals lower, then you create a ceiling for your team, and I don't think that's fair to your team.

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