The Cleveland Cavaliers tied the Eastern Conference Finals at 2-2 Monday. We bring you three takeaways from Game 4.
Similar to the Boston Celtics, the Cleveland Cavaliers know all about turmoil and adversity.
After all, they eclipsed one of the most roller coaster 50-win seasons a team as ever had in NBA history. That dysfunction brought many to doubt the Cavs heading into the postseason. After being down 2-0 against the Celtics, that doubt slowly turned into fear.
At almost a week’s passing however, here we are at 2-2. The greatest player in the world once again put all of us who doubted him to shame.
LeBron James finished another spectacular performance with 44 points on 28 shots in what has become a norm in this postseason. James is truly aging like wine.
What has not been a norm for the Cavaliers is the contributions from the role players. Home cooking changed that completely. The Cavaliers had five players finish with nine or more points and two with double-digit rebounding nights.
For the Celtics, similar issues from Game 3 remained. Boston allowed Cleveland to shoot over 50 percent from the field, and shot 41 percent themselves. Jaylen Brown led Boston in scoring with 25, but once again battled foul trouble as he finished his second straight game with five fouls.
The Celtics will enjoy a much-needed return back to Boston for a crucial Game 5 that could define their NBA Finals chances. The Cavaliers will meet them there riding sky high. Before we move forward, however, let’s take a look at three takeaways from Game 4.