NBA playoffs 2017: Kyrie Irving picks self, Cavaliers back up in moment of adversity

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving fell hard to the floor late in the third quarter of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference finals against the Celtics on Tuesday.

Irving stepped on Terry Rozier’s foot, then landed awkwardly after a layup with 1:47 remaining in the period. That induced the usual quick-trigger panic from Quicken Loans Arena. With trainers surrounding him, Irving could have gone to the sideline and had that left foot checked out. Instead, he simply got up and walked to the other end of the court. That induced the usual quick-trigger applause.

“I’ve twisted my ankle so many times,” Irving said. “You have two choices. You can either dwell on the sorrows of twisting your ankle or you can capture the moment.”

“LeBron needs to quit embracing his victimhood because he’s not a victim and it’s a terrible message for black people,” said Whitlock.

Whitlock says the real impact of racism is felt among the poor.

“When they graffiti your name in Compton or one of these poor communities in Los Angeles, it’s a death threat and there is some family safety concerns. But when your family is in Cleveland and you live in a $20 million estate — unless O.J. got paroled this week, there ain’t a whole lot going down in Brentwood.”

Whitlock finished his thoughts by saying the hardest thing to be in America is poor.

“This message that we are constantly pumping out to young black people that we’re Cheap Jerseys Kids NFL just victims and oh my God the worst thing in the world is to be black in America, is just not true. The Cheap Jerseys Make Your Own worst thing to be in America and anywhere on the planet is poor. Go do the numbers, go do the stats. If you’re poor, regardless of color, you’re catching hell in America and on this planet,” said Whitlock.

NBA Finals 2017: Historic scoring outburst helps Cavs extend series

The Cavaliers survived a circus event Friday to win Game 4 of the NBA Finals with a 137-116 home victory over the Warriors.

They did so in record fashion.

After struggling to shoot during the first three games of the series, Cleveland came out red-hot to score 49 points in the first quarter and 86 points in the first half, both of which broke NBA Finals records. The Cavs later set a Finals record by hitting 24 3-point shots in the game.

Smith only had 17 touches in 28 minutes, shooting 1 of 4 from the field. Hell must have frozen over because someone had to tell J.R. Smith to shoot more.

Korver also needs to find his 3-point stroke after going 0 of 3 in 19 minutes. He doesn’t need to explode for 30-plus, but Korver can’t give the Cavs another goose egg in the box score.

With all of that said, the Cavs are still the defending champs, and LeBron James didn’t suddenly disappear. The Cavs won’t turn the ball over 20 times again. They won’t let Durant saunter down the lane, cock the ball back behind his head and rattle the rim to the delight of the Warriors faithful.

If Golden State wants to avenge last year’s 3-1 collapse, it can’t lose focus for a Cheap Jerseys Made In China minute. Based on how the Warriors looked in Game 1, that shouldn’t be a problem.

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