BOSTON– Game on! The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics continue their best of 7 series tonight in Boston where the series shifts for games three and four of the NBA playoffs. The Cavaliers hold a 2-0 lead over the Celtics heading into tonight’s game three which will be played at the TD Garden.
The story of this series so far has been the Boston Celtics inability to slow down the Cavs ‘Big 3’, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and LeBron James in the series. The trio accounted for 138 points in two games. Irving and James are averaging 53 points per game in the playoff and are a big reason the Cavs pulled out game 2 on Tuesday night; they combined to score the team’s final 28 points en-route to a 99-91 win.
Just like last Sunday, the Cavs are facing another first: This is the first time they have played a postseason game on the road since 2010 and the first time Love, Irving, Tristan Thompson and several others are playing a playoff game away from Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs made plenty of mistakes in game two, but thanks to a home crowd, were able to overcome some of those mistakes. The biggest thing the Cavs need to do for game three is cut out the turnovers. Cleveland committed 18 turnovers on Tuesday which accounted for 22 of the Celtics points. James himself says he needs to be better handling the ball; he has 11 turnovers in 2 games.
The Cavaliers must also start fast. It’s something that hasn’t happened yet in the series. The Celtics controlled the pace of both games in the first quarter and were able to score at-will before the Cavs finally got some stops and forced Boston to change up their game plan. The Cavs also must get help from their bench; while James and Irving are doing their part, the bench players needs to pick up their game. They were outscored 51-7 in game 2 and have been outscored 106-36 in the series.
Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens hinted on Wednesday that he may consider a line-up change for tonight’s game, using Isaiah Thomas more in the early part of the game, that would allow Stevens to sacrifice the defense for some more offense. Tonight’s game tips off at 7:00. FOX 8 has a crew in Boston and will bring you post-game reaction following tonight’s game. Also stay tuned for the latest on FOX8.com.