Celtics rally to beat Cavs, James fizzles

James did not address the media a day after one of the worst postseason games of his career.

After boat-racing the Boston Celtics en route to a 130-86 win in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James had a weirdly quiet performance in Game 3.

"He's got to be aggressive, get downhill, play like he's been playing, play confident", shooting guard J.R. Smith said Monday after practice.

The Celtics lost Game 2 at home by 44 and the first two games of the series by a combined 57.

"I didn't have it", James said afterward, and that was no understatement.

James had been spectacular before Sunday's game, scoring at least 30 points in nine of the Cavaliers' 10 playoff games. According to his Twitter timeline, Sanders came off the bench for two years for the Hiram Terries, averaging 6.6 points and 2.8 assists per game over his career. Me, personally, I didn't have it. However, the Celtics are a respectable 7-3 against the spread in their past 10 games away from TD Garden and have claimed outright victories in their past two games when pegged as road underdogs of seven or more points. But me, personally, I didn't have it. "That's all I've got to say about my performance".

There wasn't much to gush about, that's for sure.

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) drives on Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart (36) during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Cleveland.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) gathers a rebound over Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) during the first half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston.

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Making it more staggering is that James has been so brilliant in this postseason, taking his exquisite game to an even higher level.

The pain didn't stop him. He had six rebounds and six assists, but also committed six turnovers, including a costly miscue down the stretch when his pass was stolen by Jae Crowder.

"We called him on FaceTime, so he got to celebrate with us a little bit", Avery Bradley said.

We remember these bad LeBron moments because they're so infrequent.

. We know ways we can get better. "They have a scrappy team", he said. We knew that coming into tonight. "They just stayed resilient all year, got to the playoffs, and we really stepped our game up", he said. Down 21 on the road with Isaiah Thomas in street clothes, the Celtics did not roll over - they crashed the glass and pushed the pace when they could, their threes started to fall, and the Celtics just outworked the Cavaliers. His season is over because of a hip injury, and although he's not around, his presence was felt by his teammates who rallied to keep their season alive.

Cleveland could very well open up Game 4 with electric play highlighted by a rejuvenated and refocused James.

"They moved the ball, and they kept us at bay", he said. "So to see him happy and smiling, it was a good feeling for us". The fan replied that he had played college basketball at Hiram College, a private liberal-arts college whose athletic teams participate in NCAA Division III. They made a lot of plays. In Game 3, they didn't quite get that. That marked the biggest upset in the National Basketball Association playoffs in the last 15 years.

James, who is trying to win his seventh consecutive conference title, tried to find a silver lining on an otherwise forgettable night.

"You have to have some type of adversity to be successful", James said.

"It seems like you only ask questions when we lose", James said. "We can't go back to Boston tied 2-2".

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