Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless
J.R. Smith ejected for smacking Crowder
Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith received a flagrant 2 for his backhanded swipe on Celtics forward Jae Crowder and was ejected in the third quarter.
LeBron more of a scorer without Love
With Kevin Love on the bench this season, LeBron James scored 7 more points on 6 more field goal attempts per 36 minutes compared to when Love was on the court. LeBron shot a lower percentage with Love on the bench but got to the free throw line more often.
End of 3Q: Cavs 70, Celtics 61
After J.R. Smith was ejected for a flagrant 2 early in the 3rd quarter, the Celtics charged back to outscore the Cavs 25-13 and pulled within 9 points entering the final frame. Isaiah Thomas, who failed to make a field goal in the first half, scored 11 points in the quarter. Watch live
Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne
No Kevin Love, J.R. Smith?
The Cavs could potentially lose Kevin Love (injury) and J.R. Smith (suspension) for a period of time this postseason. Entering today, the two ranked third and fourth in minutes played and points scored for the Cavaliers this postseason.
Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne
No Love = Big blow for Cavs
The Cavs outscored teams by 6.6 points per 100 possessions with Kevin Love on the court during the regular season, which would be tied for 3rd with the Spurs if they were to put up those numbers for the whole year. They were outscored by 1.5 per 100 with Love on the bench.
Bass slams a putback dunk
Celtics G Isaiah Thomas missed one of his five 3-pointers, but Brandon Bass was in the right place at the right time to throw down a one-handed jam against the Cavs.
Crowder (knee) exits, J.R. ejected
Jae Crowder sprained his left knee after taking a blow to the face from J.R. Smith and falling awkwardly on his leg. Smith was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game. Two years ago to the day, Smith was suspended for an altercation against the Celtics in Game 3 of the playoffs.
Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg
Celtics say Jae Crowder has suffered a left knee sprain and will not return.
Kevin Pelton @kpelton
James agressive in the lane
LeBron drove 14 times in the 1st half today. He averaged 10 drives per game in the first three games of the series. (via ESPN Stats & Info) Watch Live
Dave McMenamin @mcten
Tough (without) Love
The Cavs are significantly better with Kevin Love on the court, but they must play the rest of the way without him after he exited the first quarter with a shoulder injury.
Perkins, Crowder in altercation
Cavs C Kendrick Perkins floored Celtics F Jae Crowder on a blindside pick late in the second quarte. The two got into a heated exchange, with Perkins throwing a slight jab at Crowder.
Celts' Thomas out of sync
Isaiah Thomas shot 0-for-7 off the bench in the first half to tie his career high for attempts without a make in a half. The C's are shooting 37.5 percent (15-for-40) as a team. Box score
Halftime: Cavs 57, Celtics 36
After a chippy first half, the visiting Cavaliers hold a 19-point advantage over the Celtics in Game 4, but it came at a cost. Kevin Love left with a shoulder injury in the first quarter and will not return. LeBron James leads three Cavs in double figures with 13 points. Live on ABC/WatchESPN
Welcome to Kendrick's 'T' party
Including the playoffs, Kendrick Perkins has 67 technicals over the last 5 seasons -- tied for the 3rd-most in the NBA behind Russell Westbrook and Demarcus Cousins during that span. (via ESPN Stats & Info)
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Thibs said everybody came out of Game 4 fine physically. Should be good to go for Game 5.
Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
Perkins wasn't tossed, so as to punish the Cavs. Savvy reffing
Perkins, Crowder get into it
Cavs big man Kendrick Perkins pushed Jae Crowder to the floor as he set a blindside screen, leading to a shoving match between the two with 1:44 left in the first half. Perkins received a Flagrant 1 foul and both players were assessed double technical fouls. Live on ABC/WatchESPN