LeBron James was whistled for his fourth foul with almost seven minutes left in the first half Tuesday, sending him to the bench early in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.
It was the first time James picked up a fourth foul in the first half in his career.
LeBron has never had 4 fouls in the first half in any game in his career prior to tonight. pic.twitter.com/ZXvkH3MRrH
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 24, 2017
LeBron has never had 4 fouls in the first half in his career. Only had 3 playoff games with 4 fouls over last two years.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) May 24, 2017
The Cleveland Cavaliers trailed by 10 at the time but managed to fall no further behind with James on the bench, heading into the locker room down 57-47. James, who was a surprising dud in Boston’s Game 3 win, had 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting in the half.
All four fouls on LeBron looked like fouls to me. But incredibly, against a team that can't keep him from basket, HE shot zero free throws.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 24, 2017
Charles Barkley is asking why Ty Lue left LeBron in the game with 3 fouls like Ty Lue has any say.Ty Lue ain't the boss of anything in Clev.
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) May 24, 2017
But the Cavs blitzed the Celts 40-23 in the third quarter behind Kyrie Irving, who made 9 of 10 shots, while James added nine points and, more importantly, didn’t pick up that fifth foul.