Boston, MA - The Cavaliers hit the Boston Garden's legendary parquet floor on Saturday for a quick tune-up, but before looking ahead to Sunday's Game 4, and a possible series sweep, coach David Blatt took issue with the perception among some that the Cavaliers are cruising past the hard-working Celtics on talent alone.
"That's pretty unfair", Blatt told reporters prior to the workout. "I don't like it. Our guys are working like hell. The Celtics are a hard-working team, but so are we, and we're up to the task. That perception is grossly unfair."
Asked about the perception, LeBron James said "perception doesn't matter. It's not just about talent. Everyone's talented in the NBA."
No doubt, the Celtics have made the Cavaliers earn their three wins, despite the talent differential. LeBron logged 42 minutes in Game 3, and Kyrie Irving almost 40 minutes, as the Cavs fought into the final minute to put the Celtics away.
That said, the Cavaliers simply have too many weapons for the Celtics to overcome. Kevin Love threw down 23 points in Game 3, and J.R. Smith added 15. Irving called the Cavs' surplus of offensive talent the "ultimate luxury".
Sunday afternoon, that talent can and likely will close out the Celtics and earn the Cavaliers their first playoff series win in five years. But, despite public perception, they will have to work for it.
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