NewsAlert: Cavaliers beat Celtics; advance to NBA Finals against Warriors

The Boston Celtics, down 3-1 in the best of seven NBA Eastern Conference Finals, face elimination in Game 5 against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden in Boston, Mass., on Thursday, May 25.

Kyrie Irving flipped the superstar switch during the Cleveland Cavaliers Game 4 win against the Boston Celtics Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

As you may recall, James didn't play his best game Sunday in Game 3 (actually, he was historically bad for him, scoring just 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting in a 111-108 loss). LeBron James racked up four fouls and sat for half the second quarter.

But it was Irving who was the undeniable star of the show for his spellbinding third quarter masterpiece that transformed the game.

The chatter about an NBA Finals' matchup of two teams with unblemished playoff records is gone, but the challenge from the Celtics has sharpened the focus of the defending champs.

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Standing in their way, however, is a feisty Boston Celtics bunch that has played surprisingly well without Isaiah Thomas, and very almost stole both games in Cleveland. Avery Bradley has battled through hip pointers on each side of his body since the Washington series in Round 2.

James and Cavs forward Kevin Love have gone out of their way this series to praise Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who despite the injury to Thomas has found ways to keep his team in the series. Jefferson made the claim on Was It Something I Said on Fox Sports Ohio after Game 4. The Warriors have already dispatched of the Spurs and wait in the wings for a potential rubber match with the Cavs. James was back on the floor and scored 24 points in the second half to end the night with 34 points.

What happened in game 4 was Boston failing to accumulate a big enough lead when James was on the bench, paired with the inability to move the ball in the second half with players like Marcus Smart trying to go hero ball. However, everything changed when Kyrie Irving took control of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It's insane to think about, especially considering how the first two games of this series played out, but if Irving doesn't turn it on, the Celtics would be going back to the Garden with the series tied at 2-2. After LeBron James picked up four fouls in the first half, the Celtics were in position to turn the tide of the series. The Celtics aren't out of the running yet, but with just one game left to win, the Cavs are looking to shut down the Celtics' season.

Irving said he was driven by the thought of the Cavs seeing their series lead vanish.

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