Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers: How gritty Celtics can win the East

Ruben Hill
May 13, 2018

However, all but one of the writers (Nick Metallinos, who went with Cleveland) predicted the series will go at least six games. The main event, however, begins on Monday night. Let's take a look at the East first. When James has the hot hand, the opponents' only recourse is signing the articles of surrender.James' close-out game fader over the backboard corner in Game 4 against Toronto was a show-stopper.

"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 Friday's practice of what's involved in guarding LeBron James. Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart have played wonderfully with help from veterans like Al Horford and Marcus Morris.

"I'm going to get a lot of rest from here on", said LeBron, who could afford to score a second lowest 29 points in four games because his four fellow starters combined for 66 points in the series-clinching triumph.

James will enter the series opener with almost a week of rest.

"I think it has been a little bit overblown this year because of the names that have been out".

Most importantly, the C's have a huge edge in this series on the sidelines with Brad Stevens.

James is already the NBA's all-time playoff leader in points, steals and minutes played.

They won't know who won until June 25 - after the season. Andre Igoudala does all the dirty work.

Much has changed since February 8, the National Basketball Association trade deadline, when Cleveland jettisoned five players, including Thomas and Crowder, and two draft picks for Larry Nance, Jr., Jordan Clarkson, George Hill, Rodney Hood, and the Miami Heat's heavily protected 2024 second-round draft pick.

What has made the difference between this D'Antoni coached team and others in the past are the number of good individual defenders that are on his roster next to Paul and Harden.

Here are the three best ways Stevens can pull that off. "He's the best player in the game". The Warriors were ninth in the league at 104.2.

This is only the third Golden State-Houston playoff meeting, and all have come in the last four seasons. These teams are juggernauts.

A lot of people are saying, 'How can they succeed like this without Gordon Hayward?' I've heard that. "Both teams have raised their level of play and been through it but are here now and have to lay it all on the line".

This series should be a ton of fun and luckily no games will be starting at 9PM so everyone should be able to stay up late enough to watch.

I don't really see they're lacking at any position. "With as much respect as we have for IN, obviously, they took us to seven, I think defensively Boston is elite".

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