James passes Jordan, Cavs back in Finals with 135-102 win

No sooner had last week's wild draft lottery dropped off the radar of the league's devoted UFO spotters ("Lemme guess: Boston goes first, then Lakers at No. 2?) up popped Game 3 Sunday between the Celtics and Cavaliers".

It was after Game 1 that Celtics coach Brad Stevens was asked if Jonas Jerebko had a role in the club's third-round series against the Cavaliers.

Kyrie Irving gritted his teeth and hopped to his feet. The Celtics couldn't either.

Cleveland leads Boston 3-1 and can wrap up its third straight Eastern Conference title Thursday night.

"Just trying to be aggressive", James said. "He was born for these moments".

Game 4 is Wednesday in Cleveland.

The Cavs, meanwhile, wouldn't be on the cusp of the Finals without Irving.

A sensational display from All Star guard Kyrie Irving rescued the Cavs after the shorthanded Celtics looked as though they may battle their way to another unlikely road win, putting the defending champions up 3-1 in the best of seven series.

Irving took his turn first, carrying the Cavaliers after James picked up his fourth foul early in the second quarter. And speaking of rare, even leaving aside the odds and the arc both teams were tracing, there are a few other things that should not have happened in Game 3, but did.

"I thought LeBron made a lot of the right plays", he said. "The only thing that matters now is to get a win back in Boston".

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Irving stayed on the floor for several seconds before sitting up and re-tying his sneaker. Like Marcus Smart, who went 7 of 10 from the three-point line.

Stevens said Thomas told him he's still sore and there is still significant inflammation in his hip. "So I didn't think I could be Mike". When he gets going like that, he's tough to stop. "This was one of those games we had to fight and earn it".

"After Avery Bradley's 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds left rattled home to lift Boston to a 111-108 triumph, Thomas texted all of his teammates with words of praise and support", Chris Forsberg of ESPN wrote.

Irving did not show any noticeable limp following the game as he walked down the hallway, stopping to hug and kiss friends and family following his performance. Irving, who has a history of injuries, said he has rolled his ankle enough to know when it's serious.

"My adrenaline is still going", he said.

While many will point to that stretch as a time when the Celtics failed to make the necessary adjustments to increase their chances of winning, it wasn't as if the Cavs are a one-man team. It's not enough. He knows that. And don't forget his classic Game 4 no-show against Dallas in the 2011 Finals, when he totaled just eight points. "We had to do what we had to do". It felt good. It felt good to see him smile.

Kelly Olynyk will start in his place. Before the playoffs began, the Celtics were 22-5 at home since January 1.

The Cavaliers basically conceded the East's top seed to the Celtics at the end of the regular season by opting to rest their starters in advance of the playoffs.

Forget playing like he had throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. "We Walked In Together We Walked Out Together!" "It's going to take a full 48 minute game to do it".

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