By the end of Game 2, the Boston Celtics held a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, by the end of Game 4 last night, the series has been completely turned on his head.
The Celtics lost Game 4 on Monday night against the Cavaliers by a scoreline of 111-102 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as they were unable to contain LeBron James, who finished with 44 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals, while also shooting 17-of-28 from the field.
For the Celtics, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, and Terry Rozier all scored double figures, with Brown getting the most with 25 points, but in truth, the damage had already been done by Cleveland after a strong start to the game in the first quarter.
The pressure is now on Boston to pick themselves back up after initially being 2-0 up after two games in the series. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens stated after the game to ESPN exactly how they must react to the Cavs tying up the Eastern Conference Finals series.
He said: "It's the best two out of three to go to the NBA Finals. Doesn't get better than that. Ultimately, anybody that didn't think this was going to be tough -- I mean, everything is tough. In this deal, it's a blast to have to grit your teeth, get up off the mat and go after it again. That's part of it."
Rozier doubled down on what his head coach said, emphasising that the Celtics must become better at tightening up at the back to avoid deficits from getting out of hand.
He said: "I think we had to tighten up a little bit more, and we didn't do that. We let it slip away a couple times when we had [the deficit] at 8. And that's something that we have to get better at, especially being on the road. We've gotta take good shots, better shots."
Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Celtics and the Cavaliers takes place on Wednesday night at the TD Garden in Boston.
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