Boston Celtics Cannot Defeat Super Star Guard Kyrie Irving And The Cleveland Cavaliers In Game 4 Of The Eastern Conference Finals
The Boston Celtics entered the second half of game 4 against Cleveland with a 10 point lead, a lead that shook many Cavs fans and players alike. Star player LeBron James had racked up a quick four fouls and had to sit the remaining six minutes of the half. With James with four fouls and a ten point lead going into half-time, Boston fans had to feel good going into the last 24 minutes of the game.
But Kyrie Irving had other plans in mind as he kept Cleveland close when James was out, and in the 3rd quarter was able to help push his team past Boston. Irving totaled 42 points in a final score that saw the Boston Celtics lose 112-99 in game 4, and now fall behind Cleveland 3-1 in the series as they head back home to Boston for game 5 of the series facing elimination.
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.
The referring in the game was very inconsistent, but that consistency seemed to go both ways, the more interesting information was LeBron not getting another foul after the mid-way point in the second quarter.
Brad Stevens should have told his players to try and force James into fouling, such as trying to draw an offensive foul every-time he drove to the rim. Their inability to force LeBron to foul still wasn’t what did them in, the explosion of Irving and his ability to hit clutch shots is what buried Boston.
Boston does not have a player like Kyrie, not even close, Boston has fought hard, they have battled back. The C’s are still several pieces away from being a championship caliber team, after watching the last two games it would not be a shock if Danny Ainge chooses not to resign Isaiah Thomas after his contract is up after next season.