With their backs against the wall, the Spurs will attempt to make NBA history without their star player.
Kawhi Leonard is officially out for Monday’s Game 4, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters before the game.
Leonard, one of three finalists for the NBA MVP Award, has not played the past two games of the Western Conference finals because of a sprained left ankle. He suffered the injury landing on Warriors center Zaza Pachulia’s foot during a jump shot in Game 1.
The Spurs will also be without the services of veteran forward David Lee, who suffered a left knee injury in the first quarter of Saturday’s 120-108 loss.
No team in NBA history has rallied from a 3-0 deficit (0-125).
LeBron James ties the game, then gives the Cavs the lead at the free throw line. 73-72 Cleveland.
What a sequence: LeBron James missed a tomahawk dunk to take the lead. It was set up by an incredible two-handed, full-court pass by Love.
Crowder slipped on a wet spot on the court and appears to be moving gingerly but remains in the game.
Just like that, it’s a three-point game. Kyrie kicks it to LeBron, who swings the ball to J.R. for a three. 69-66 Celtics.
Oh boy, LeBron is playing with fire. He reaches around Horford on an attempted steal but isn’t called. That could have been his fifth foul.
Game Mens Dexter McCluster Jersey Love battles for a rebound and finishes Thompson’s missed free throw. He’s been a force down low this quarter.
Game Mens Aaron Lynch Jersey Marcus Smart banks in a high-lofting three over LeBron. LeBron is visibly hesitant defensively in the third quarter.