Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Cavaliers Roll To Win In NBA Playoffs


Rodney Dangerfield died in 2004, but the comedian's spirit has lived on through countless teams that have played his "no respect" card. The Celtics may be good enough to take them 6 games.

In this case, Boston is correct. The Cavaliers had a higher field goal percentage, a higher 3-Point percentage, a higher Free Throw percentage, more Free Throws attempted, collected more rebounds and had more steals, blocks and points off turnovers than the Celtics.

The win was the Cavaliers' 12th in a row in the playoffs (one shy of matching the National Basketball Association record, set by the 1988-89 Los Angeles Lakers), dating back to last year's Finals, while the Celtics' five-game home playoff winning streak was stopped.

On this night, none of the Celtics did.

The William Hill sports book lists Cleveland as a minus-800 favorite and Boston as a plus-550 'dog. "Obviously we all know that he was a featured guy pretty much every possession going down the floor, and here that's changed a little bit because we have other guys. We got days off, but for me, I'd rather be playing".

Stevens in his news conference before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals sounded like a man about to step in front of a hurricane armed only with a flimsy umbrella. "It's going to be a tougher series than people anticipate".

"I didn't think he could get any better after that, but he is".

"With (Kawhi) Leonard being out, I'd be surprised if the Spurs don't get swept by the Warriors. So it's going to be a fun challenge for our group".

Stevens is 1-0 in Game 7s, and while it barely qualifies as a sample size, consider the backlash had the Celtics lost. Some Marcus Smart fireworks and Boston 3-pointers made the game semi-interesting in the second half, but Cleveland was never truly threatened in taking a 1-0 series lead.

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Cleveland, 8-0 in the playoffs and 4-2-2 ATS, escaped with a 109-108 win over the Pacers to open the playoffs and trailed in by 25 points on the road in Game 3 before storming back for the victory.

As I've stated before, LeBron James isn't by any means particularly young.

The Cavaliers haven't lost in the playoffs since Game 4 of the NBA Finals previous year.

During the regular season, the Cavaliers had their way with the Celtics, winning three of the four meetings, including a 114-91 victory in the last meeting of the season on April 5. The Celtics' fans left the arena deflated, likely knowing that the ceiling of their team was No. 2 in the East, behind the King and his mates. The Cleveland Cavaliers are finally back in action tonight, and they'll do it on the road in Boston. "The price is so inflated", he said.

Otto Porter added 20 points. I can envision the same scenario here.

Yet as observed by the Boston Globe, the win over the Wizards and an already wonderful season run certainly made the Celtics a solid victor by any account. Love took five shots in the first quarter before getting pulled at the 7-minute mark, a slight rotation adjustment.

We realize that's stating the blatantly obvious, but there's some truth behind that fact: Beyond all the hype surrounding LeBron James and Isaiah Thomas, there's a very good chance this series will boil down to outside shooting.

"He has to see bodies behind me", Crowder said. And LeBron is back in Cleveland. Cleveland has many more scoring options than Cleveland and I expect Thomas to have a hard time finding his shots against the Cavs.

"The only thing that might help Boston is Cleveland's deficiency on defense".

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