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Cavaliers couldn’t inbound ball with chance to tie game

Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

BOSTON, MA - DECEMBER 28: Head coach Mike Brown of the Cleveland Cavaliers argues a call in the second half against the Boston Celtics during the game at TD Garden on December 28, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 Jared Wickerham) (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

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Should have slid this into our nightly NBA Grades post and thrown an “F” at Cleveland.

It was a long shot anyway, Monday night Cleveland was down three with 2.8 seconds left and they were going to need a fantastic three just to send the game to OT, Dallas knew it and would defend the arc. Mike Brown drew up the play... and Dallas had no trouble sniffing it out. Kyrie Irving was sprinting around off screens but he couldn’t shake free and Plan B was... apparently Jarrett Jack standing there and getting a five second violation.

Ballgame.

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Cleveland had been down 15 in the fourth quarter and to their credit battled back to make it interesting in the end (Monta Ellis missing free throws helped with that) but the Cavs just couldn’t finish. And looked bad doing it.