This Celtics-Cavs series sure feels like it’s going seven games

Cleveland, OH: 5-21-18: The Celtics Marcus Smart (left) And Jaylen Brown (right) combine to try and stop the Cavaliers LeBron James (center) from driving to the basket ij teh first quarter. The Boston Celtics visited the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game Four of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff series at the Quicken Loans Arena. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

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LeBron James and the Cavaliers resurrected themselves in Cleveland, leaving Boston as the team that needs to regroup this time.

LeBron James (center) and the Cavaliers left Jaylen Brown (left) and Jayson Tatum (right) wondering what hit them.


It’s down to a best-of-3, and Brad Stevens is fine with that

“It doesn’t get better than that,” the Celtics coach said after Boston lost Game 4 to leave the series tied, 2-2.

The Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith (right) celebrated at game’s end while the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum was ready to hit the showers.


Celtics were only half-bad, but that won’t fly in the conference finals

The Celtics made adjustments at the intermission, but the early deficit proved to be too much.

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 21: Head coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts toward referee Eric Lewis #42 in the second half against the Boston Celtics during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on May 21, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

The referees didn’t make too many friends in Game 4

Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he was OK with the officiating despite 49 fouls – 26 vs. the Celtics and 23 vs. the Cavaliers.

If things don’t go well in the fall, it may be the spring that Tom Brady’s critics remember.

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By skipping OTAs, Tom Brady leaves himself open to criticism

Brady himself has often talked of the value of these workouts, but this time he’s making a different statement.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2017/08/05/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/Tlumacki_patriotstrainingcamp_sports402.jpg Here is what’s ahead at OTAs for the Patriots

Though players still aren’t allowed to have contact or even wear pads, these sessions are as close to real practices as the NFL allows during this portion of the calendar.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_cb10_spts-001.jpg Missed layups and dunks come back to haunt Celtics

In addition to leaving points on the table, the Celtics’ miscues energized the Cleveland crowd.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/davis_cbpre3_spts.jpg Appetite for Celtics knows no boundaries

Donnie Wahlberg held court outside a Wahlburgers across the street from Quicken Loans Arena before Game 4 Monday.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/lee_bcmaryland15_spts.jpg In Final Four, BC women’s lacrosse team gets another shot at Maryland

It was Maryland that defeated the Eagles in last year’s national championship game.

Boston MA 5/20/18 Boston Red Sox J.D. Martinez is greeted by teammate Mookie Betts after he hit his second two run home run against the Baltimore Orioles during fifth inning action at Fenway Park. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

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Mookie Betts is diving into J.D. Martinez’s bag of tricks

The two are constantly workshopping ideas to improve their swings, and the results are impressive.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/17/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/tlumacki_redsoxvsorioles_sports059.jpg Red Sox’ J.D. Martinez named AL Player of the Week

Martinez hit five home runs and posted a 1.000 slugging percentage over the seven-game span.

Patriots add two assistants to coaching staff

Cameron Achord will replace Bubba Ventrone as special teams assistant, while Atif Austin will be a coaching assistant.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/10/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/92397c2888134eea909c838908e8d78d-92397c2888134eea909c838908e8d78d-0.jpg Matt Patricia won’t face NFL discipline for 1996 assault allegation

The league said it has finished its investigation into the matter involving the former Patriots defensive coordinator and new Lions head coach.

Walpole, MA - 5/21/2018 - Walpole High School pitcher #11 Cam Schlittler First inning. (John Cetrino for The Boston Globe) SPORTS Matthew Doherty


Cam Schlittler almost perfect for Walpole baseball

Junior righthander’s bid for perfect game against Brookline broken up by freshman Joshua Miyazawa’s pinch-hit single in sixth inning of 5-1 win.

Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov (9), from Russia, and right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) celebrate Smith-Pelly's goal with Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86), from Russia, nearby during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series, Monday, May 21, 2018, in Washington. The Capitals won 3-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Capitals shut out Lightning to force Game 7

Physical play and T.J. Oshie’s two goals helped Washington stave off elimination on home ice.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/21/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/960257784.jpg One way to keep LeBron James in Ohio: build a statue

A fund-raising effort is under way to erect a statue of James in his hometown of Akron, with a price tag of $1 million.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/20/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/shaughnessy-19433.jpg NBA’s all-time best? It’s LeBron James

Stop fighting the notion that Wilt or Michael or Larry or Russell was better.

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/04/27/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/3daa3d5d67b14e61835bf33ddb58b33d-3daa3d5d67b14e61835bf33ddb58b33d-0.jpg Roger Goodell says NFL will seek uniform standards on sports gambling

The NFL commissioner detailed the league’s position in a statement released Monday.


//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2018/05/22/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/29b4d74231154db78ab3c22ef1fb54cd-29b4d74231154db78ab3c22ef1fb54cd-0.jpg Ex-Olympian Ariana Kukors Smith sues USA Swimming

2012 Olympian alleges officials knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor but didn’t protect her.