Tell me how Kevin Love will perform. But that strategy becomes a bit more complicated against the Celtics than against most teams. He had trouble holding his position near the rim in the low post.
While his National Basketball Association career has not been completely without incident since (he missed four weeks this season after slicing open his hand while punching a hotel room glass picture frame out of frustration in Los Angeles), his fire, passion and willingness to put his body on the line has made him a central figure for a franchise that has made the playoffs every year of his career. It was a mess.
Rozier and Smart both are capable of carrying sizable loads, but they'll have to be extra careful about getting into early foul trouble against LeBron James and Co. Part of it was the coaching staff using some plays where Love received the ball on the move. He began to fake his jumper, then drive around the defender and find some surprisingly easy layups at the rim.4. That Kevin Love can help the Cavs close out this series quickly.
"After Gordon, Kyrie, Marcus and [Daniel] Theis went down, no one expected us to go to the Eastern Conference finals", Tatum said after the Celtics closed out Philadelphia in Game 5.
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With James so strong, the Celtics will likely be unable to defend him one-on-one. I doubt much of anything in this series will resemble the matchup with Toronto.
When Brad Stevens accepted the Celtics head coaching job five years ago, he didn't allow himself to get caught up in thinking about how he could add his name to the franchise's rich history.
Boston's notorious crowd is known for rattling opposing players. This series should be interesting and for the Celtics to pull of their biggest upset yet, Marcus Morris is the key player in my mind.
While Game 1 most certainly won't be the end-all for the Cavaliers or the Celtics, it will gauge much of this series. And get this - Tatum's father and Lue's father have a close friend: Larry Hughes.
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Only Bill Russell (10), Sam Jones (9), Tommy Heinsohn (9) and Frank Ramsey (8) have played in more consecutive Finals than James, who said he hasn't reflected on the possibility of admission to their group. The conference finals have plenty of intrigue this season, so we turned to our panel of experts to give their predictions. A second-year player, Brown can do the same thing.
The former Duke star started the postseason by being just the third Celtics rookie to notch a double-double in his Playoff debut and hasn't slowed down since - topping the 20-point plateau in eight of his last nine outings, including a 25-point performance in Boston's Game 5 victory on Wednesday night. Boston was more athletic than the Sixers expected.9.
Boston's Terry Rozier continues to shine in a starting role in place of Kyrie Irving. The Celtics' mark was better than their season average of 12.3. He has been making one huge shot after another in the postseason.
The Celtics, obviously, brought in Irving because he helps you win in situations like this - late in the playoffs against a superstar opponent. Hill is a veteran point guard who rarely makes turnovers. Coincidentally, they set their historic Finals clash with ultimate rival Los Angeles Lakers by defeating James and the Cavaliers in the East finals that year. When he returned, the Cavs won five in a row.
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