LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record

Wednesday, 31 May, 2017

It was his shocking inactivity in the fourth quarter against the Celtics, given his historic efforts against them and Jae Crowder - who typically defends James.

He said though he's disappointed with how the season ended, he's encouraged that no one in Boston's locker room is satisfied just making it to the conference finals. He didn't get to the free-throw line.

It was a very welcomed sight in Irving's case, after he rolled his left ankle in the third quarter of Cleveland's Game 4 win.

"We're definitely disappointed. I felt like if we weren't, it would be a problem", Bradley said.

But even with Isaiah Thomas, a Celtics win in the Eastern Conference finals was going to rank as the greatest National Basketball Association upset in memory. For what he does, what he brings, it's not enough. They have went 8-4 against the spread in those 12 games, with the four failed covers all at home. During that game, LeBron only scored 11 points, the lowest offensive output since 2014. He scored 36 points and added 21 points more during the third count from a total 9 out of 10 shooting that came after a series of fast drives into the defence of Celtic. Without him, the Celtics went down predictably with last night's season-ending 135-102 Game 5 loss to Cleveland. Then, Irving completed a three-point play with 1:02 left in the third quarter and beat the buzzer with a deep three-pointer at the end of the period.

"I thought we played as well as maybe we have the entire playoffs during the first half", Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters afterward. "But we definitely understand that this (Boston) team is not going to quit, they're going to fight, they're going to compete".

But you can't expect to keep James down for long, no matter what.

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Deron Williams, who had been quiet for most of the series, also got in on the act with a series-best 14 points for Cleveland.

"I don't have to score to make an impact on a game and that was my mindset when I started playing, if I'm not scoring how can I still make an impact on the game?"

And as WWE star Steve Austin used to say before the big event in another sport much-beloved by conspiracy theorists: "And That's the Bottom Line Cuz' Stone Cold Said So!" "And just come out here and fight and we'll take it from there".

He's the best player in the game. Jaylen Brown added six points off the bench. Thomas exited during the Game 2 debacle and was put on the shelf for the remainder of the postseason. That's all I can give you right now because I'm happy and I don't want to be stressed.

"You're going to have ups and downs". So I didn't believe that I could be Mike. It's the gift and curse of an offense-first player.

The Cavs have been locked in on their East foes, game planning for the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors and Celtics, understanding the need to take care of those teams first before preparations can begin for the Warriors. He can read situations. "It's a pretty hard thing to swallow, so I'm pretty down".

"I'm not a scorer", James said.