NBA playoffs 2017: LeBron, with Cavs on his back, marching toward crowning achievement

Kyrie Irving has been LeBron James’ teammate for more than three seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers — more than three because the first two seasons persisted all the way to the NBA Finals. That’s 290 games together, and goodness knows how many practices and shootarounds, and still there are moments when Irving finds himself amazed at what he sees.

The veteran center’s running 12-foot floater in the lane with less than a second remaining in overtime sank the Spurs, 110-108, and tied the series at 2-2.

Wizards forward Markieff Morris scored only nine points, on 4-of-14 shooting, in Washington’s 116-98 loss to the Hawks. Those mediocre numbers alone don’t land him in this spot. You also have to consider the fact he called Hawks forward Paul Millsap a “crybaby” after the game.

Game 4: Celtics at Bulls, 6:30 p.m. ET, TNT (Bulls lead series, 2-1) — This will be a big moment for the Bulls. Win on their home court and they put all the pressure on Boston to win three straight. If the Celtics shoot 3s (17-of-37 like they did Friday night) the Bulls will be in trouble.

“This is the best time of year,” Green told reporters. “Every game matters, every single possession matters. I love to play that way. When you’re just out there playing and it doesn’t mean anything, it does not matter, it is kind of boring to me. Every possession matters in the playoffs, every little detail. I love playing that way. The stakes are higher, you are chasing a championship. That’s the funnest time of year from me.”

This year has not always been fun for Green, but he’s making the most of what’s left of it.

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