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Post by gyso on Mon May 21, 2018 12:11 pm

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Eastern Conference Finals Series: (No.2) Boston Celtics at (No.4) Cleveland Cavaliers (Celtics lead series 2-1)



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Tipoff: 8:30 pm EST Monday May 21, 2018, Stadium: Quicken Loans Arena

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Odds: CLE -7

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by gyso on Mon May 21, 2018 12:14 pm

Cavs need James' defense versus Celtics

http://www.espn.com/nba/preview?gameId=401032843

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James has been Mr. Everything for the Cleveland Cavaliers for much of the 2018 postseason.

Yet, coach Tyronn Lue said Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals -- won 116-86 by the Cavs -- was James' best "in a long time."

Because James really defended.

"As far as helping, closing out to Jaylen Brown's chest, making him put it on the floor," Lue explained. "Closing out to (Marcus) Morris. Closing out to (Marcus) Smart, so he did a really good job of just setting the tone of multiple effort and that was good for us."

James scored 27 points to go with 12 assists on 8-of-12 shooting. But, according to ESPN's research, Saturday was his best game on defense this postseason.

The Cavs put him on Brown -- the Celtics' best player in the first two games of this series -- and Brown didn't even score until there was 8:20 left in the second quarter.

The Celtics shot 2 of 10 and committed four turnovers when their ballhandler was guarded by James. Brown was 3-of-8 shooting for 10 points.

"Just tried to put myself in position to help our team," James said. "I think tonight as a group, even when things broke down, we just covered for one another."

The Celtics lead this series 2-1, and Game 4 is Monday in Cleveland. Boston has never blown a 2-0 lead in 37 tries. But they were startled by how well the Cavs played Saturday and how poorly things went for them.

Cleveland had a 2018 playoffs-high six players score in double figures and connected on 17 3s.

Morris, who forced James into 5-of-16 shooting in Game 1 and scored 21 points himself, struggled in Game 3.

"Personally, I think I did a (poor) job defensively with LeBron," Morris said. "He was too comfortable when I was guarding him. I made myself very vulnerable on screens and wasn't disciplined. We can't have that in a game of this magnitude, and it showed."

The Cavs gave Al Horford little room to move and it stifled the Celtics' offense. Boston coach Brad Stevens said the Celtics would have to consider lineup changes "because of the way (Cleveland is) playing." Tristan Thompson is guarding Horford and Kevin Love is on Morris. The Celtics want to force Love to guard Horford.

"I just didn't think our offense in general was very good," Stevens said. "Our defense wasn't much better. We got thoroughly outplayed on both ends. Obviously we're going to need to play through him more than that."

George Hill scored eight points in the first two games of the series, and exploded for 11 in the first quarter of Game 3. JR Smith shot 0-for-7 for no points in Game 2, and recovered with 11 points in Game 3. Kyle Korver connected on all four 3s and finished with 14 points.

The Celtics have been bad on the road all postseason and fell to 1-5 with Saturday's loss. But never in these playoffs had they been clobbered quite like the clobbering the Cavs laid upon them.

Yet, the Celtics could move to within a game of closing out the Cavs and stopping James' consecutive NBA Finals streak at seven with a win in Game 4.

"This is the way we have to play," Lue said. "I think bringing the physicality to start."

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobheckler on Mon May 21, 2018 6:29 pm

Mark Murphy @Murf56
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From @Basketball-Reference - Tatum needs 29 points to become sixth NBA rookie to break 300 in playoffs. At 19 youngest on list, with Jabbar, Alvan Adams, Elgin Baylor, George Mikan, Jack Sikma the others. Would be first Celtic.



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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon May 21, 2018 7:30 pm

Good evening all.  This is a big one.  Boy do I want them to pull this off.

Big nights from Al, Rozier would go a long way. Let's see what they call against Jaylen tonight. They handcuffed him the other night. Smart should be able to help him out here, they do the same thing to him in certain games.
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Post by bobheckler on Mon May 21, 2018 7:42 pm

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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by NYCelt on Mon May 21, 2018 7:50 pm

bobheckler wrote:

Good for Brad!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon May 21, 2018 8:05 pm

He was not going to give in to Abby Chin, she kept pushing him and he would not bite. Good for him.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobheckler on Mon May 21, 2018 8:29 pm


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No changes to the #Celtics starting lineup. I repeat: No changes to the starting lineup.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon May 21, 2018 8:34 pm

I am ready, let's get this show on the road, radio on, television on, iPad ready.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobheckler on Mon May 21, 2018 8:37 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:I am ready, let's get this show on the road, radio on, television on, iPad ready.


Let's tip off while my link is still good...
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon May 21, 2018 8:40 pm

Other than Baynes, who would he have put in the starting lineup? We hardly have no one there! Semi? Yabby? Nah, I don't think so. They will see time, though
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Ktronic1 on Mon May 21, 2018 8:40 pm

bobheckler wrote:
RosalieTCeltics wrote:I am ready, let's get this show on the road, radio on, television on, iPad ready.


Let's tip off while my link is still good...
I don’t quite understand this link you’re referring to. are you I not able to see game on ESPN?
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon May 21, 2018 8:41 pm

I can't stand James.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by bobheckler on Mon May 21, 2018 8:41 pm

Ktronic1 wrote:
bobheckler wrote:
RosalieTCeltics wrote:I am ready, let's get this show on the road, radio on, television on, iPad ready.


Let's tip off while my link is still good...
I don’t quite understand this link you’re referring to. are you I not able to see game on ESPN?


Yes, I can, but then I can't join you folks here on the Game On thread.

I don't own a TV, so I'd have to watch it at a bar or such...
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon May 21, 2018 8:42 pm

Two misses.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Matty on Mon May 21, 2018 8:42 pm

hooter checking in
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon May 21, 2018 8:44 pm

Love fouled Morris, starting the same way. They get the easy calls
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Ktronic1 on Mon May 21, 2018 8:44 pm

bobheckler wrote:
Ktronic1 wrote:
bobheckler wrote:
RosalieTCeltics wrote:I am ready, let's get this show on the road, radio on, television on, iPad ready.


Let's tip off while my link is still good...
I don’t quite understand this link you’re referring to. are you I not able to see game on ESPN?


Yes, I can, but then I can't join you folks here on the Game On thread.

I don't own a TV, so I'd have to watch it at a bar or such...

Didn’t know you didn’t own a TV. That explains that :>)
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Ktronic1 on Mon May 21, 2018 8:45 pm

Guess we are going to see the Agressive Al tonight??
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon May 21, 2018 8:45 pm

How could you not know that about Bob.  He is the smartest one out of all of us.  Damn cable bills
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by RosalieTCeltics on Mon May 21, 2018 8:46 pm

Jaylen never mind complaining,  hit your shots
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Post by Matty on Mon May 21, 2018 8:47 pm

Ktronic1 wrote:Guess we are going to see the Agressive Al tonight??

My second favorite Al, besides the Weird One.
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Ktronic1 on Mon May 21, 2018 8:47 pm

MISSING LAYUPS WILL GET US BEAT!
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Re: Game On! Celtics @ Cavaliers - May 21, 2018 - Game 4 Eastern Conference Finals

Post by Matty on Mon May 21, 2018 8:48 pm

RosalieTCeltics wrote:I can't stand James.

You are not alone Rosalie.
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