Game four of the Eastern Conference Finals started to look like it would be a dead-even series at the game’s end, but Kyrie Irving was having none of it.
The first quarter would be the lowest scoring quarter for the Cavs so far this post-season (19). Watching the first quarter and extended into the second quarter, it didn’t look like the Cavs wanted to respond to the game-winner they took to the face in the previous game.
The second quarter would have no winner, each team scored 28 points, but the Cavs had work to do going into halftime.
The Celtics went into halftime with a 57-47 lead and were looking good coming off their game three win. According to ESPN.com, Irving knew that the Cavs needed to make a choice going into halftime.
“We knew going into halftime that we hadn’t played our best basketball, so it was a conscious choice that we had to make on our end: How bad did we want it? “
And a choice was ever so present when the third quarter started. Irving erupted for 21 points and the Cavs outscored the Celtics 40-23 in the quarter.
He would end the third quarter with an overall summary of how that quarter went for him, scorching hot.
Kyrie Irving is a baaaaaad maaaaan! pic.twitter.com/mtRViGF0MD
— PinPoint (@SportsPinPoint) May 24, 2017
The fourth quarter would be no different for the Cavs overall; outscore the Celtics and inch closer to the NBA Finals.
Irving’s most incredible move would come in the dying embers of the game, but the crowd’s energy wasn’t dying anytime soon after this remarkable act of wizardry.
Kyrie Irving with the nasty ball fake! 😷🔥
— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) May 24, 2017
Famous athletes took to Twitter to react to Irving’s remarkable game.
— Mike Miller (@MikeMiller_13) May 24, 2017
Kyrie, the modern day @rod_strickland !
— Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) May 24, 2017
— Tavon Austin (@Tayaustin01) May 24, 2017
Also according to ESPN.com, LeBron James, who finished the game with 34 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds, wasn’t surprised by Irving’s explosion for a career-playoff-high 42 points.
“He’s a special kid…He’s a special talent. As the stakes get higher and higher, his game gets higher and higher, but it was nothing surprising for me.”
Irving stole the show with his 42 points, but James’ play shouldn’t be overlooked either. Coming off a really bad night in which he only scored 11 points, tonight’s game was a statement game, and a statement is exactly what the King made.
Irving discussed how important this game was with ESPN.com and he knew that the Cavs didn’t want to go back to Boston with the series tied at 2-2.
“The importance of a Game 4, especially the way we came out in Game 3, you know, in the back of my mind, I was like, I’m saying to myself, ‘We cannot — they cannot tie up this series…They cannot. We cannot go to Boston 2-2.”
The Cavs would win this game by a final score of 112-99 and inch one game closer to the NBA Finals, where the Golden State Warriors have already punched their ticket.
The Cavs have a little breathing room with the series 3-1 in their favor, but no good team will become lazy with a series lead.
The series will shift to Boston for game five and will take place on Thursday at 7:30 CT on TNT.
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Celtics’ Emerge As Favorites for Kemba Walker
As the Charlotte Hornets and soon-to-be free agent guard Kemba Walker, who has been a cornerstone of the franchise, have hit a contract stalemate, the Boston Celtics have emerged as a favorite to land him should he hit free agency, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Walker, 29, is eligible for a five-year, $221 million supermax contract from the Hornets, but it’s not a lock that he returns, as the New York City native is also linked to Boston, the Dallas Mavericks, and the New York Knicks.
Walker has shown his loyalty to the Hornets organization, stating that he would be willing to accept a discount to remain with the only team he has ever played for at the NBA level.
The most another team can offer him is a four-year, $140 million deal in free agency, and he officially become a free agent this Sunday at 6 pm EST.
With the likely departure of Kyrie Irving, the Celtics slotting in Walker could be seen as an upgrade considering how Irving’s tenure soured, and the lack of chemistry with the roster throughout last season.
Breaking down how Boston can sign Kemba Walker. pic.twitter.com/AY1BXPxdNi
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) June 27, 2019
Kyrie Irving “Ghosted” Celtics As Free Agency Approaches
It appears that Kyrie Irving’s time with the Boston Celtics is coming to an end, despite his assurances to fans, prior to last season, that he planned to re-sign with the team.
Boy, have things changed.
According to the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsback, Irving has “essentially ghosted” the Celtics and has had “little, if any, communication” with the organization in recent weeks.
Irving is expected to decline the player option in his contract for the upcoming season, which will make him an unrestricted free agent.
While Irving’s tenure with the Celtics is coming to an end, his new beginnings have been flooding the rumor mill as free agency approaches.
Irving has been heavily connected with the Brooklyn Nets, but has also been mentioned as a target for the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kyrie Irving Linked to Roc Nation After Parting Ways with Agent
Boston Celtics guard and likely soon-to-be free agent Kyrie Irving has started setting the table for what should be a league shifting and lucrative venture into free agency this summer.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Irving has parted ways with his longtime agent Jeff Wechsler.
The report goes on to say that Irving is likely set to enter a partnership with Roc Nation Sports where they will become his new representation.
Irving is reportedly planning not to pick up his $21.3 million option for next season, leaving the Celtics to enter free agency, and while it doesn’t 100% rule out a return to Boston, it makes the chances of doing so less likely as entering free agency will bring a number of suitors to the table.
The Brooklyn Nets have been consistently linked with Irving, along with Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant, as well as the New York Knicks.
Wojnarowski’s report mentions that Irving has discussed teaming up with Durant to join the Nets or the Knicks, and that likelihood ramps up if Irving officially joins Roc Nation, who also represents Durant.
Durant’s situation becomes a bit more cloudy following his injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, when he tore his Achilles, and he is expected to miss the majority of, if not all of, the 2019-2020 season.
Additionally, the Celtics are shifting their focus towards acquiring New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis, and are doing so with the hopes that acquiring Davis will help convince Irving to stay.
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