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The last 3 minutes of game 3, was (and is) the craziest 3 minutes in any of the NBA playoff series' thus far. Going back and forth, lead changes, tie ball games, drama, everything that was missing in the first two games was given to viewers in game 3. With no Isiah Thomas (hip) for the remainder of the series and being down by 20 plus at one point in the game, it looked like another lackluster performance from Friday night in Boston. However, the Boston Celtics had other plans and took game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals and it looks like Boston may give the Cavs a series after all. Marcus Smart led the Celtics in scoring with 27, he was one of seven players to score in double digits for Boston. Smart's 3rd quarter performance was key in the comeback win. Another key player in the game was Jonas Jerebko off the bench with 10 points as well as Kelly Olynyk. (15 pts) Jerebko's high energy and scrappy play (also jawing with Cavs players) gave the Celtics the proper energy to perform and comeback to win. Avery Bradley's last second three that rattled, bounced, danced, whatever you want to call it went in with just 0.01 seconds left to give the Celtics the win. Without Thomas, can they count on Bradley to be the hero again or will someone else step up? One thing most fans can count on: Lebron James will have a better game than his 11 total points in game 3. Game 4 is at 7:30 on Tuesday night on TNT.