Cavaliers rest on Saturday to prepare for Game 4 against the Bulls
CHICAGO –‘The Bank’ shot is still fresh in the mind for Chicago, but it’s in the past for Cleveland. The Cavaliers had the day off on Saturday as head coach David Blatt wanted his players to get off their feet and get rest and rehabilitation for any injuries the players may have. The team did watch the film from Friday night’s game and while the last second shot was well defended, the Cavs are focusing their efforts towards Game 4 on Sunday afternoon in Chicago.
“I think these games are played one game at a time for a reason,” said Cavaliers small forward James Jones. “You never get too far ahead, you never look too far back. We really don’t care what happened the last two games, every game we go in with the mentality we need to go 1-0 tonight.”
“We just have to stay with it,” said Cavaliers head coach David Blatt. “We need to continue to be aggressive and we have to continue to believe and trust in each other as we have done for quite some time.”
The buzzer beater gave the Bulls a 99-96 win over the Cavs and a 2-1 series lead heading into Sunday’s Game 4 at the United Center.
“We’re in the playoffs, we’re in a fight,” said Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. “We are not going to hold our heads down, it’s just one game, a very tough shot, a contested shot, there were some other things, we lost that game before that shot even went in.”
“It’s a case of an emergency every playoff game,” said LeBron James who lost for the first time in the postseason on a buzzer-beating shot. “As the leader of the team, I cannot be down about anything even though it hurts me to lose last night, I hate losing. It was tough for me to sleep last night but I’m not going to be shattered, not around these guys.”
Kyrie Irving struggled in Game 3 in Chicago, he finished with 11 points and 0 assists, after the game David Blatt said Irving was battling a foot injury, something that has been bothering him since Game 2 of the Boston Celtics playoff series. Blatt expects Irving to play on Sunday in Game 4.
“It’s more or less frustrating because you go from game to game and you feel a little different every single game,” Irving said.
“He’s been playing with pain for a while,” Blatt said. “He’s had some terrific games, last night was not his best game, he’s a human being.”
The Cavs will need Irving to be at his best on Sunday as Cleveland looks to even the series at 2. Game 4 is Sunday in Chicago at 3:30, Game 5 will be Tuesday night in Cleveland.
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