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Post by gyso on Sun May 13, 2018 9:16 am

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Eastern Conference Finals Series: (No.4) Cleveland Cavaliers at (No.2) Boston Celtics (Series tied 0-0)



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Tipoff: 3:30 pm EST Sunday May 13,  2018, Stadium: TD Garden

TV: ABC, (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 2:30 PM)
Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub

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https://sports.yahoo.com/nba/philadelphia-76ers-boston-celtics-2018051302/

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Odds: CLE -2

Go Celtics!!!

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Post by beat on Sun May 13, 2018 9:19 am

Marcus and I will be there!! Upper level first row!

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Post by gyso on Sun May 13, 2018 9:20 am

Banged-up Celtics to square off with Cavaliers

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=401032840

BOSTON -- All season long, the Houston Rockets and NBA champion Golden State Warriors ran 1-2 in the Western Conference, eventually ending up in the conference finals with little resistance.

Over in the East, the Toronto Raptors charged to the top seed and appeared to be in good shape to represent the conference in the NBA Finals.

However, the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, the Nos. 2 and 4 seeds, respectively, overcame all kinds of adversity and open their second straight conference finals Sunday at TD Garden.

For the Celtics, the adversity started five minutes into the season when shiny new free agent Gordon Hayward went down with a season-ending injury. Charles Barkley declared "their season is over" on national television. Other injuries followed as rookie surprise Daniel Theis lost for the season and Kyrie Irving, acquired from the Cavs in a huge deal, was also lost -- both with knee surgery.

Valuable piece Marcus Smart went down late after right thumb surgery -- and the list went on and on -- but it never really stopped Brad Stevens' team.

"I think in the Toronto series, no disrespect to them, but watching film it just looked very easy at times," Morris said. "... There was no help, I didn't see no physicality. I didn't see any of that. I think that's something different we'll bring to the table."

The Cavs, looking for their fourth straight conference title behind LeBron James, never got anything out of the damaged Isaiah Thomas (hip) and wound up shipping Thomas and fellow former Celtic Jae Crowder out of town as part of a major overhaul at the trade deadline. They dropped to fourth in the conference as the Philadelphia 76ers ran off 16 straight wins at the end of the season.

They needed seven games to dispose of the Indiana Pacers and then rampaged through the Raptors in four straight.
James has been on a tear, averaging 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks as he seeks his eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals.

"Last year, we were a unique group. ... Guys that went out and obviously played hard every night," Celtics forward Al Horford said. "We're doing the same thing now, but with this group, we have more depth in those positions, suited more to guard LeBron. We have a lot more bodies to take on that challenge."

They will need them.

The absence of Hayward, Irving and others led to the emergence of Jayson Tatum, Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown as stars. Smart has come back from his surgery to provide a significant spark. The Celtics needed seven games to oust the Milwaukee Bucks and five to beat Philadelphia.

They are 7-0 at home in the playoffs.

"A lot of people are saying, 'How can they succeed like this without Gordon Hayward?' I've heard that," James said. "He's been out since the first quarter of Game 1, so it's like, do we even know who they would have (become)? He's not even, like, been on the team. So we can talk from, like, potential, but he's been out since the first quarter of Game 1 in Cleveland.

"I get it with the Kyrie thing. He was obviously a teammate of mine for three years, and I know what he's capable of doing, but they got guys that's damn good no matter if they are young or not. They know how to play basketball and their coach has put them in position to succeed."

Tatum has a shot at history in this series. He has recorded seven straight 20-point games, tying him with Donovan Mitchell for the second-most all time among rookies. Lew Alcindor, then of the Milwaukee Bucks, holds the record with 10 in a row in 1970.

Shane Larkin, Boston's backup point guard, suffered a shoulder sprain running into a Joel Embiid pick and has hopes of returning some time during the series.

"It's still fresh; it's still sore," he said. "I can't really do much. It's frustrating, but I've got to keep staying positive, keep getting treatment and try to get back out there."

Horford has been a leader for Boston through the 12 playoff games, averaging 17.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game -- essentially doing everything for his team.

The Cavaliers went 2-1 against the Celtics during the regular season and are 9-3 at TD Garden over the last four seasons.


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Post by gyso on Sun May 13, 2018 9:21 am

beat wrote:Marcus and I will be there!!  Upper level first row!

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How sweet is that!!! Cheer them on to victory!!!

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Post by NYCelt on Sun May 13, 2018 9:28 am

In 2014, at LeBron James' annual skills camp, two promising future NBA players were in attendance.

Jason Tatum and Terry Rozier.

Time for the students to become the teacher?
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Post by beat on Sun May 13, 2018 11:13 am

gyso wrote:
beat wrote:Marcus and I will be there!!  Upper level first row!

beat

How sweet is that!!!  Cheer them on to victory!!!

His last week in Boston. Starts at SU a week from tomorrow!!!
I can’t yell a lot... the Bledsoe sucks chant took my voice away for a bit last time. Still haven’t fully recovered.

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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - May 13, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Ktronic1 on Sun May 13, 2018 3:05 pm

Just turned on pregame on NBCCS and saw Stephen A leaving the Parquet after talking wit Abby and Sherrod. didnt hear a word he said (which is good. good or bad). The sight of him turns my stomach and makes my head hurt. Please keep this Killjoy off the set!!
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - May 13, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Ktronic1 on Sun May 13, 2018 3:06 pm

Morris is starting ahead of Baynes. Sure Brad has a good reason. Just thought id let you Morris lovers know. LOL
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - May 13, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobheckler on Sun May 13, 2018 3:24 pm

Ktronic1 wrote:Morris is starting ahead of Baynes. Sure Brad has a good reason. Just thought id let you Morris lovers know. LOL


ktronic,

I'm sure Cowens will be thrilled.

Cleveland doesn't have a big, bruising center like Philly. They have Thompson, who is tough, but not an Embiid. Morris, on the other hand, is supposedly one of the top defenders of LeBron.

If he keeps LeBron human this series I'll forget all the harsh things I said about him in our first two series (one of which, I seem to remember, had to do with a trade for a 3-legged, one-eyed dog).


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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - May 13, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobc33 on Sun May 13, 2018 3:40 pm

Afternoon gents, Rosalie, and Berlin digging the afternoon start I hope.

Morris supposedly is the best in the NBA at covering LeBron. I just don’t see it as I doubt he can even slow him down except possibly in the low blocks. Hope I’m wrong!
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - May 13, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobheckler on Sun May 13, 2018 3:41 pm

"Jayson Tight-em"? Did that idiot actually call him that?
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - May 13, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobc33 on Sun May 13, 2018 3:43 pm

Morris passed it twice on that possession!!!
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun May 13, 2018 3:45 pm

bobc33 wrote:Morris passed it twice on that possession!!!

Could he jump once in a while on defense?
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Post by bobheckler on Sun May 13, 2018 3:45 pm

cowens/oldschool wrote:
bobc33 wrote:Morris passed it twice on that possession!!!

Could he jump once in a while on defense?


One milestone at a time, Cow, one at a time...
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Post by bobc33 on Sun May 13, 2018 3:45 pm

Is Brown still on a minutes restriction?
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun May 13, 2018 3:46 pm

Who are they attacking?
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Post by Ktronic1 on Sun May 13, 2018 3:47 pm

bobheckler wrote:"Jayson Tight-em"?  Did that idiot actually call him that?

Surprisingly yes. Breen doesn’t usually make those kind of mistakes
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun May 13, 2018 3:47 pm

bobheckler wrote:
cowens/oldschool wrote:
bobc33 wrote:Morris passed it twice on that possession!!!

Could he jump once in a while on defense?


One milestone at a time, Cow, one at a time...

is it too much to ask, he is in the NBA right?
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun May 13, 2018 3:48 pm

Nice he posted up a PG
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun May 13, 2018 3:50 pm

We can fuckin play with these guys!!!!!!
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Re: Game On! Cavaliers @ Celtics - May 13, 2018 - Game 1 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobc33 on Sun May 13, 2018 3:51 pm

cowens/oldschool wrote:Who are they attacking?

Korver, Hill,Love and Smith.
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Post by gyso on Sun May 13, 2018 3:53 pm

cowens/oldschool wrote:We can fuckin play with these guys!!!!!!

Lebron is missing Kyrie in a big way. He has no All NBA sidekick.

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Post by bobheckler on Sun May 13, 2018 3:53 pm

Gotta love that Al Horford is trying to, and is, bullying Love down low.

They are going to have to put Thompson on Al, to stop that. When that happens Brad will put Baynes in and take Thompson while Al stays on Love.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sun May 13, 2018 3:53 pm

bobc33 wrote:
cowens/oldschool wrote:Who are they attacking?

Korver, Hill,Love and Smith.

That would be we Lol
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sun May 13, 2018 3:54 pm

Good afternoon, I finally am able to sit!!! Go Celtics,

Beat, bring home a winner!!!!!!
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