Heading to Boston: Cavaliers expecting a tough foe and a tough crowd

Heading to Boston: Cavaliers expecting a tough foe and a tough crowd

Their coach Brett Brown is new to this playoff atmosphere and didn't do enough to maximize his teams potential on the floor.

Then came the second round and the end of suspense. The last two series, there was a little bit of confusion between Toronto and Indiana. James has won six straight playoff games in Boston.

So now it gets real.

"He's made for this", Stevens said. Last season, the Cavaliers had a week off before facing the tired Raptors. He is averaging 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 11 games in the playoffs.

Betting against the Celtics so far this postseason has not been a smart play. "He's, if not the greatest, one of the greatest to do it". "What better way than to go up and compete against a guy that's got statues and things like that". With Simmons inability to shoot, Horford played 10-12 feet off of him and when Simmons did try some drives to the basket Horford and the Celtic wings did a good job of walling off the paint.

Against the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, the Celtics had a real advantage: Players who could guard Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid one-on-one, forcing the stars to try to make plays in hard isolation sets against defenders who were up to the task.

Rookie Jayson Tatum scored the go-ahead layup with 22 seconds remaining in the fourth as the Boston Celtics punched their ticket to the NBA Eastern Conference finals with a 114-112 win over Philadelphia.

Rozier, who stepped up big-time as the starting point guard after regular starter Kyrie Irving had a season-ending surgery, is confident about Boston's chances against LeBron James and Co., but also admits that he and his teammates prefer it when everyone "count us out".

This is the first time since going back to Cleveland that there's some smoke in Cleveland indicating that LeBron could leave.

"It's very hard. I feel like these playoffs have been great for our group, because the first round was tough with Giannis, a guy that attacks and you always have to be aware of him, and then (Joel) Embiid and Simmons, and now LeBron", Al Horford said after practice yesterday.

The Warriors won the 2017 NBA Championship with a 16-1 sprint through the postseason.

In a physical playoff atmosphere, it's customary for officials to "let them play", but a closer look at this play shows it's fairly obvious that Baynes' contact with Embiid's forearm impacted the shot attempt.

Not surprisingly, they are favored to win still another title this season.

Everyone knows James is a superstar.

There a lot of basketball pundits out there predicting the conference finals will end with Cleveland winning the series in six games.

And like the Warriors, the Rockets have played tenacious team defense in these playoffs.

This team isn't going down with a fight.

But if the series goes the distance, who knows what could happen at the Garden in Game 7? It's going to be a chess game. They've been to The Finals three straight years. Everybody's excited about it.

The Suns excited with their high-tempo brand of basketball that didn't yield silverware and the expectation is the Warriors will have too much experience and class for D'Anoni's team this time.

With the Cavs series on tap, Vegas remains down on the Celtics. Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are future Hall of Famers. "But I've seen the way that these guys prepare, I've seen the way that they train and they want to be great and they understand that it's bigger than them". They only ended up as very slight favorites in Game 5 because the line moved in their favor after it opened.

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