May 21, 2017, 9:11 pm
Kyrie Irving scored an efficient 29 points on Sunday but the Cavs lost a stunning 111-108 decision to the shorthanded Celtics in Game 3.
The Cavs were done in by Avery Bradley’s buzzer beater and only have themselves to blame for blowing a 21 point lead. They were cruising early on the back of 14 first half threes but conceded a 26-10 run in the third quarter when their deep balls stopped falling. To Irving’s credit, he remained aggressive and sliced his way to the rack for a series of layups that are high difficulty for anyone else on the planet. He shot 10-of-15 and 4-of-6 from deep while adding seven assists and a steal. He and Kevin Love were terrific tonight, and for a change of pace it was LeBron James who put forth a disappointing effort. Expect the Cavs to come back with a stronger effort in Game 4, though Irving was hardly to blame for the loss tonight.