Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury


LeBron passed Jordan with a 3-pointer that came from the left side of the arc.

But it's not out of the ordinary for Irving.

All this time Brown never wanted the money he earned by beating Lue in a shooting contest when the Cavaliers coach was an National Basketball Association newcomer, yet Golden State's acting coach - who spent two stints leading Cleveland - joked how Lue can surely afford it these days.

The Warriors' television partner, NBC Sports Bay Area, will host "SNC: Warriors Playoff Central", its 2017 NBA Finals preview show, from 6:00 7:00 p.m. live from the Chase Center Experience in San Francisco. Cleveland won by one on Christmas Day, Golden State prevailed by 35 on January 16. Boston had 26 assists on 35 made shots on Tuesday and 28 dimes on 42 in Game 3.

The two-time All-Star was sidelined in Game 2 after aggravating a hip injury.

But here's what's insane.

In his second season in New York, Babe Ruth led the Yankees to their first World Series berth in 1921 against the Giants.

In fact, Irving's only appearance on the all-NBA teams came two seasons ago, when he was a third-teamer. It's not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA's greatest player. Cleveland slogged their way to a 51-31 record in which LeBron James complained about his supporting cast and the team as a whole treated defense with indifference.

Injured Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas was in attendance Thursday night and gathered with his teammates in a huddle before they took the court for pregame warmups.

Thomas said it won't be easy to remain idle this summer. I never thought I could get to a point where Mike was. "It's been the best season of my career, but it's also been the toughest year of my life". Just getting to that point, you know how hard it is and how much work you put in to start the season. And so, I think maybe there's just a lack of appreciation for greatness. Of course, that's far less daunting when no All-NBA players are involved in the action.

Overall, the NBA Finals is a breeding ground for low-scoring basketball. Maybe the league's best center.

The Red Wings won the rematch in an all home team seven-game series the following year. There is no problem having a bit of bravado going into Game 5, as long as it translates to consistent play in all four quarters. His 33.4 PPG in the playoffs remains a record, easily surpassing the likes of Allen Iverson, Jerry West, Kevin Durant and James on the all-time leaderboard.

Lue paused for several seconds before responding to a question about the third and fourth fouls called on James, who was whistled for barely touching Marcus Smart on a jumper and then was called for a charge.