LeBron struggles, exchanges words with fan after Game 3 loss


According to ESPN Stats & Info, "This is the 2nd time in LeBron James' playoff career that he played the entire 4th quarter and scored no points".

James' frustration at his performance showed up after the game when he had an encounter with a heckling fan in the hallway outside the news conference room and then challenged a local radio reporter on a question he didn't care for. Even when they got good shots, they couldn't finish them, which needs to happen for a team with championship aspirations.

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak). Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) looks to drive against Boston Celtics' Jae Crowder (99) during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, May 21, 2017, in Cleveland.

"Got really comfortable out there", Kyrie Irving said of Smart. The loss is Cleveland's first playoff defeat in 13 games. "But like I said, we won 10 in a row, we lost a game and we've got a chance to come back and work on some things that we're definitely going to correct". After James' hot streak to start the playoffs, we have to remember that he is still human."It was a weird game", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said."He's human, so he's going to have a night like this".

After scoring 68 total points through the Cavs' 2-0 start to the series, James was asked if the Celtics' defensive adjustments caused him trouble in Game 3.

"I feel like you have to have some type of adversity in order to be successful", James said.

"I think the best part about it from all of our standpoints was how inspiring it's been to have a guy that's done all this and accomplished all this and is willing to literally go out and leave it all out there", Stevens said. In fact, it was the first game in LeBron's career that his team didn't win when up 20 or more points. He has scored at least 25 points in every game this postseason and is trying to become the first since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970 to score 30 in nine straight playoff games.

In fact, he's been so good we even looked at one of his performances, a triple-double in Game 4 of Cleveland's opening-round series against the Pacers, and compared it to his greatest postseason games ever .

On the opposite end of the conundrum, the Cavaliers are unlikely to lose too much sleep over the Celtics' success beyond the arc.

"We've been playing so well, but like I said, you let a team grab momentum like that, you nearly knew that that last shot was going to go in".

"He's such an unselfish player", Stevens said.

From start to finish, every player on the floor serves a goal. "I'm not going to be critical of the best player in the world".

"I thought our pace was bad, especially in that second half", Lue said after practice on Monday.

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) - LeBron James was nowhere to be seen, staying behind the scenes, keeping a low profile. "We have to regroup and get back to playing desperate basketball". It's a loss in the postseason. "I think that's where it hurt us the most".

However, coach Brad Stevens liked his team's energy leading up to tipoff and felt confident they would play hard. We're collapsing, trying to rebound the ball, we don't get it ... kick-out three. You would rather make a mistake looking for a teammate as opposed to being selfish and shooting shots.