Lue: Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury

The Cavaliers held the Celtics to 14 of 34 shooting in the second half and outrebounded their visitors, 18-12, to turn a 57-47 halftime deficit into a 112-99 victory to take a 3-1 series lead into Game 5 on May 25 in Boston.

Celtics brass has already said that Thomas won't play again this season, even if the they push the defending champion Cavaliers beyond five games in the Eastern Conference finals. He bombarded the Celtics while overtaking Michael Jordan as the top postseason scorer of all time, pushed the game out of reach by the third quarter, and retired early to the bench to blow his nose in peace.

Hip injuries in particular are tricky. The Celtics started Game 4 in the driver's seat but lifted by Irving's 42-points, and James' 34-points, the 3rd and 4th quarters belonged exclusively to the Cavs. It usually is only a matter of time before James forces the issue, and Irving can finish through the utmost traffic. That seems straightforward considering the continuous success that LeBron and the Cavs have had, but it is astounding to think about the fact that they were leading a majority of these series.

Unless something similar happens in Game 5, the series is not going back to Cleveland.

James, determined to bounce back after a poor 11-point haul in Game 3, then steadied the Cleveland nerves in the fourth quarter, bringing the Cavaliers home for the win as Boston's fearless effort came up short.

The bucket was part of a 35-point effort that also featured eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals.

James, Irving and Love were the only three Cavs players to make double digits.

It was a very welcomed sight in Irving's case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland's Game 4 win. 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 just had a mentality to not have to play any more games", James said. I'm just happy and blessed that when I chose to come back that I was able to help him blossom. These men did not let adversity get the better of them. Irving has become Handy's project and their relationship and trust has fostered something special. Boston led by. 10 points. Recall Games 5 and 7 of the Wizards series.

"We need to hit adversity in order to grow", Irving said. "So we got back together". LeBron joined the fray in the second half where Cleveland outscored Boston, 65-42. That's the answer. Kyrie Irving was incredible.

For Boston, guard Avery Bradley was the only player to get anything going, with most of his 23 points coming in the first half. Kyrie deserves so much credit not only for his absurd abilities and scoring prowess, but because he is so, so clutch.

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