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Celtics look to even the series against Cavs in Eastern Conference Finals

20 Mai 2017

A franchise record for total points.

While the series is still early, if Boston watches their season end easily from Cleveland, a trade might seem more plausible.

If the Boston Celtics can't find a way to slow down LeBron - or at least make things hard for the Chosen One - the series will be over in 4 and they'll have plenty of free time to think about what to do with their number-one overall pick.

"He's playing at a high level right now and that's the reason why we're riding him so much", Lue said. Good luck with that Boston. Many people picked the Wizards to knock the Celtics off in the conference semifinals.

Boston does not have anyone who can guard King James. The Cavs look wonderful, while the Celtics have been up-and-down this playoff run. Kevin Love's blistering 6 for 9 night saved the Cavs. Conversely, the Cavs were 10 of 22 from 3 (45.5 percent) and 26 of 44 overall (59.1 percent). He was all over the offensive glass, too, grabbing 6 offensive rebounds. Tristan Thompson had a career-playoff-best 20 points and nine boards. In return, Boston received the 2016 and 2018 first round picks. Going to Boston to play with Isaiah Thomas could help change things for them. Combined viewership for playoff games across the league's network partners - ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV - is up 3 percent over last year's pace, averaging 3.7 million. Crowder got hot from beyond the arc in the second half, going 4-of-5 from three-point land.

Even with all of the starters sitting out the fourth, the 130 points was the most ever scored by the Cavaliers in a playoff game. He may not be as gifted a passer as Lonzo Ball (7.6 assists a game), but can still make players around him better. But James is a fickle player, switching from facilitating point-forward to primary scorer anytime he chooses, and his Cavaliers are a tough matchup for the Celtics. The Celtics' own the Nets' first-round pick next year, too, and barring a rapid revival in Brooklyn, that could be the No. 1 again. But, even with that being said, Thomas and company seem to think that somehow, they will beat the Cavaliers in the seven-game series. There will be plenty of options for the team to go in, but keeping the pick and selecting Fultz will give the team the star they've been searching for. However, there is one big problem and he wears #23 in the dark blue uniforms.

No matter what Boston does, there's no answer for James.

Cleveland left little doubt in Game 1 despite having 10 days off. Cleveland led by as much as 50, and eventually won by 44, but it was that second quarter domination spearheaded by James that effectively ended the game.

Coach Stevens may want to glance at the film from that game. Cleveland has led the entire way in both Games 1 and 2 on the road, letting the entire basketball world know who the real number one seed in the East is. At the end of the day, we want to try to put ourselves in position to win every game.

How Can They Be Better in Game 2?

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"We got the shots we wanted on the offensive end nearly all of the first half", Thomas said, noting the Cavs were rested while his team had just come off a seven-game series with the Washington Wizards.

Celtics look to even the series against Cavs in Eastern Conference Finals