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Sunday, 26 April 2015 19:55

LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers complete sweep of Boston Celtics

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Julian Edlow of WEEI and Zack Cox of NESN joined Jared Weiss for the final episode of the season of The Garden Report Celtics Post Game Show

BOSTON – He tried everything, but Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens could not come up with the answer against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Perhaps it was a hopeless endeavor, but the Celtics fought hard and took it right on the chin. Just ask Jae Crowder.

LeBron James was dominant start to finish and the Cavs hammered the Celtics early en route to a 101-93 win. When Jae Crowder was hit in the face for the second time Sunday and left the game after an inexplicable J.R. Smith backhand, Jared Sullinger led a charge to make Game 4 a true elimination game again. But no matter how many times the Celtics drove the lane, they couldn’t hold off Cleveland’s response.

They were swept by the team favored to make the Finals out of the East, but they went down playing the way that got them there. High pace, high energy and plenty of three-pointers. Few of them went in, but they played their game to the best of their ability. Unfortunately for Stevens, that ability is still miles behind Cleveland’s.

Yet after a final push was seemingly thwarted, Isaiah Thomas never gave up. It was shaping up to be the worst game of his career, before he exploded in the late third quarter and fourth quarter. After starting out 0-for-10 from the field, he ended up scoring 21 points, dishing out 9 assists while grabbing 5 rebounds.

He never hit the big three to get the Celtics back in the lead, but his unbreakable determination was both shocking and expected at the same time.

LeBron James put his stamp on the series, to the surprise of no one except the most stubborn LeBron haters. He finished with a classic 27 point, 10 rebound and 8 assist stat line, while only sitting for 1:38. The King was all over the floor on both ends and showed that Cleveland is ready for a title.

The only question now is whether they will have Kevin Love there to make the run with them. He left in the first quarter with a dislocated shoulder. 

Jared Weiss

Jared Weiss is the Celtics Locker Room Reporter and Host of The Garden Report: Celtics Post Game Show on Celtics Blog and CLNS Radio. J Weiss hosts The Block Party on Thursday nights at 8 PM and enjoys long walks on the beach while watching Rajon Rondo game footage. You can reach J Weiss at JWeiss@clnsradio.com and @CLNS_JaredWeiss.