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Post by gyso on Sat May 19, 2018 10:55 am

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



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Tipoff: 8:30 pm EST Saturday May 19, 2018, Stadium: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: ESPN, (NBC Sports Boston Pre-game show starts at 6:30 PM) Extended Pre-game show!!
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Odds: CLE -6

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by gyso on Sat May 19, 2018 11:00 am

Cavaliers return home, seek first series win over Celtics

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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have survived so much this season.

They're one loss from facing a scenario no NBA team has survived -- being down 0-3 in a playoff series.

The Eastern Conference finals shifts to Cleveland for Game 3 on Saturday with the Boston Celtics holding a 2-0 lead. History is already way, way in the Celtics' favor.

Of the 300 teams to take 2-0 leads in best-of-seven series, 281 won the series.

Then again, of the 19 teams who've made the comeback, two were piloted by LeBron James.

So, unless the Celtics steal Game 3, this series isn't over. But the Cavs have their heels on the edge of history's cliff.

"We're down 0-2. No need to panic," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "I mean, we played a Game 7, so I mean, that's the danger. The danger's not like we come out and don't play well tomorrow and lose, it's over. We still have games to play."

The Cavs did indeed already play a Game 7 in the playoffs -- avoiding elimination by beating the Indiana Pacers in the first round. The Celtics faced the same situation in the opening round against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Boston has won both games in the conference finals by double digits -- including a 107-94 victory in Game 2. James posted his fifth triple-double with 40 or more points (42) in that game, and the Cavs still lost.

Jaylen Brown has scored 23 points in both games of this series, and overall Boston's starting backcourt (Brown and Terry Rozier) has outscored the Cavs' starting guards 72-12.

But Boston is just 1-4 on the road in this postseason, with statistical drops in just about every major category when playing away from TD Garden.

The Celtics are also a young team missing its two best players (Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward). The Cavs aren't what they once were (remember, Irving used to play for them), but organizationally they are the three-time defending conference champs.

"Like what happened in previous games, what happens in the future is all out the window," Boston coach Brad Stevens said. "It's just about what happens in that 48-minute segment. Our guys know that. We're going to have to play really hard. We're going to have to play really connected.

"Obviously, with all they've accomplished over the last two years, they've been tremendous on the road and at home, but especially at home. It'll be a heck of a challenge."

The Cavs are 5-1 at home in the 2018 playoffs, with two buzzer beaters from James to steal two games. James steered the 2007 Cavs back from an 0-2 hole to beat the Detroit Pistons in the conference finals, and James and Irving co-piloted the Cavs from deficits of 0-2 and 1/3 in the 2016 Finals to stun the Warriors.

Only four players remain from the 2016 championship team -- James, Kevin Love, JR Smith, and Tristan Thompson -- and Kyle Korver represents the only other current Cavs player on the 2017 Finals team that lost in five games to Golden State.

And yet this veteran group lost its composure in the second half of Game 2, blowing an eight-point halftime lead and missing all eight 3s in the fourth quarter.

"Going to the Finals a bunch of years in a row, when things don't go the way you want them to it's like, 'Man, why didn't that work?'" Korver said. "And this year there's been a lot of turnover.

"We just have to learn how to -- not learn how to, we know how to -- we have to be focused on just playing through (mistakes), staying positive."


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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobheckler on Sat May 19, 2018 11:11 am


Marc D'Amico @celtics
about 13 minutes ago
“We’re young, we’re hungry, and we’re ready to go,” Jaylen Brown says of tonight’s Game 3.



Marc D'Amico @celtics
about 8 minutes ago
Asked about the fearlessness of our young players, Al Horford says he’s not only impressed by that, but also by their poise in high-pressure situations.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobc33 on Sat May 19, 2018 5:50 pm

This is nuts! It’s 5:30 EST and I’m pacing back and forth like a caged panther.................waiting for 8:30. Damn it is only game three of the ECF. Anyone else on edge?

Reminds me of a story Larry used to tell about Walton in 1986 and one of the Lakers games scheduled for late afternoon. Larry got up very early in the morning and went to the Garden or Forum and found Walton in the locker room dressed in his uniform with a maniacal look on his face completely ready to do battle against Kareem and the Lakers. Needless to say he destroyed Kareem in both of their games that year.

Won’t be posting much if at all tonight as I’ll be watching over a friends house who has an awesome man cave where we can yell, scream and smoke cigars.....
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobheckler on Sat May 19, 2018 7:53 pm

A. Sherrod Blakely

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More cool numbers from stats czar Dick Lipe ... The best playoff true shooting percentage for players 21 and under with at least 175 FGAs.
Kawhi Leonard (2013) - .611
Magic Johnson (1980) - .596
JAYLEN BROWN (2018) - .587
JAYSON TATUM (2018) - .566

LeBron James (2006) - .557


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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat May 19, 2018 8:31 pm

Good evening all.  This has been one long week waiting for this third game!!!!  Television rules the world. This game should have been played on Thursday. I hate these 4 day off "rests". Celtics have a tendency to come out cold in the beginning of games like this. Makes you really miss Kyrie all the. More.
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Post by cowens/oldschool on Sat May 19, 2018 8:33 pm

bobheckler wrote:A. Sherrod Blakely

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More cool numbers from stats czar Dick Lipe ... The best playoff true shooting percentage for players 21 and under with at least 175 FGAs.
Kawhi Leonard (2013) - .611
Magic Johnson (1980) - .596
JAYLEN BROWN (2018) - .587
JAYSON TATUM (2018) - .566

LeBron James (2006) - .557




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2 superstars in the making
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by dboss on Sat May 19, 2018 8:38 pm

Pretty amazing having two young studs
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Berlin-T on Sat May 19, 2018 8:40 pm

Had to stay up for this one - go Celtics!

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Ktronic1 on Sat May 19, 2018 8:42 pm

Don’t let George “Over the” Hill get over the hump. Not tonight!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobheckler on Sat May 19, 2018 8:43 pm

Tatum got open, just short-shot it.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Ktronic1 on Sat May 19, 2018 8:44 pm

WTF is this? No passing? Just Shoot?
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Ktronic1 on Sat May 19, 2018 8:46 pm

Jaylon is D ing up
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by cowens/oldschool on Sat May 19, 2018 8:46 pm

Damn Morris!!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat May 19, 2018 8:47 pm

They have got to hit these early shots. Celtics starting out cold again.
Mistakes will kill them if they are not careful

Good evening Berlin, glad you are here with us.
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Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat May 19, 2018 8:47 pm

Tatum out early?????
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobheckler on Sat May 19, 2018 8:48 pm

Morris missing 2 from almost point blank.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Ktronic1 on Sat May 19, 2018 8:48 pm

REbound
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobheckler on Sat May 19, 2018 8:48 pm

We're 2-9, and only down 5. I'm ok with this.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Sat May 19, 2018 8:48 pm

Here we go, another one on Jaylen. I figured that was going to happen. Kind of takes the steam out of him early
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Ktronic1 on Sat May 19, 2018 8:49 pm

Calling everything on the C’s. I can see it coming. No calls tonight
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by cowens/oldschool on Sat May 19, 2018 8:49 pm

NBA doesn’t want a sweep, Cavs getting all the calls, how do you call that foul on Baynes?
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by dboss on Sat May 19, 2018 8:49 pm

Both teams are tight
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Berlin-T on Sat May 19, 2018 8:50 pm

Our shots will start to fall, I'm not worried yet.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 19, 2018 - Game 3 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Ktronic1 on Sat May 19, 2018 8:50 pm

cowens/oldschool wrote:Damn Morris!!

GD Morris
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