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Cavaliers approach a third game against Warriors.

Cavaliers approach a third game against Warriors.

The scoring efficiency of point guard Kyle Irving allowed the Cleveland Cavaliers to come back and achieve an important 112-99 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference final, which they dominate 3-1 at best of seven.
The current league champions are one triumph from playing the NBA final for the third consecutive season, again against the same rival as in the previous two, the Golden State Warriors, who already have the title of the NBA in their possession. Western Conference.
Despite the scoring recovery of star forward LeBron James, who contributed 34 points, the Cavaliers would not have been able to beat the Celtics without Irving, who contributed 19 points in less than five minutes of the 42 with which the game ended.
Despite suffering a sprained left ankle in the third quarter, the point guard was the undisputed leader of his team.
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue acknowledged that Irving carried the team on his shoulders to guide them to a “decisive” victory, especially after seeing that power forward Kevin Love did not have the same scoring inspiration as in the first three. games and that James also accumulated fouls too early.
The Cavaliers will have the opportunity on Thursday to get a fourth win at the TD Garden in Boston that will allow them to close the tie.
But the Celtics, despite the injury of franchise player, point guard Isaiah Thomas, have already shown that they are not going to make it easy.
The Celtics are struggling to keep their campaign afloat and have given no respite despite the fact that Thomas, the team’s top scorer, will be out for the remainder of the season with a right hip injury that may force him to undergo surgery. .
Guard Avery Bradley had 19 points and forward Jae Crowder reached 18 as the Celtics’ top scorers, who also had the support of Dominican center Al Horford with 16 points, seven assists and three rebounds.
Despite the loss, Celtics coach Brad Stevens reiterated that his team had “options” for Game 5, although he also acknowledged that if Irving kept the same scoring inspiration it would be very difficult to stop him.
The Warriors, meanwhile, are already resting in Oakland, where they returned after sweeping (4-0) the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals.
Mentalized to face the Cavaliers for the third time in a row in the fight for the NBA title, this time, unlike what happened last season when they let themselves snatch a 3-1 lead, they have a better team thanks to the acquisition from star forward Kevin Durant.
Precisely the prominence of Durant and point guard Stephen Curry, in addition to the strength of power forward Draymond Green, has been the key that allowed them to remain undefeated in the ‘playoffs’ (12-0), a mark that until now no one had achieved.
The only unknown for the Warriors is whether coach Steve Kerr is going to sit on the bench, after missing most of the playoffs due to health problems, due to a spinal fluid leak.
For now, assistant Mike Brown will remain as interim, and under Kerr’s supervision, the Warriors will enjoy more than a week off before the final begins on June 1.
Those who will already have indefinite vacations are the Spurs, who await a summer full of activity in the offices to see what happens with players such as the veteran Argentine guard Manu Ginobili or the power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who did not have the performance that expected in the final phase. EFE

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