As many of you know by now, I’ve had Cleveland penciled in for another Finals appearance. My thinking was this would be an epic series and the Cavs would win it in 6 or 7 games. I’m not saying that still couldn’t happen because all Boston did was hold down homecourt. As a matter of fact, Boston is 9-0 at home in the playoffs and 1-4 when they’re on the road. In the Game 1, Boston annihilated the Cavs by jumping on them from the beginning. In the second game, we all knew that Lebron would go off and he did just that. In the first quarter alone, he put up 21 points and shredded the Celtics defense. After a third quarter collapse, Cleveland never rebounded, and Boston won by 13 points. In defeat, Lebron James finished the game with 42 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.
Kevin Love and Kyle Korver are the only other Cavs players that finished in double-digits scoring. Love went on to finish with 22 points and 15 rebounds, while Korver chipped in 11 points. J.R. Smith finished scoreless on seven shots, which can’t happen. Unlike the Rockets-Warriors series, this Game 3 could be the difference in a possible series or the Cavs being swept. With Lebron James getting a much needed four days rest, can he put together another classic game? Will his supporting cast of George Hill, J.R. Smith, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkston and Tristian Thompson finally show up? With all the talk about the Celtics young core and their Coach Brad Stevens, can they continue to elevate their games? If Boston were to steal Game 3 from Cleveland, no team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit. How will this young Celtics team respond in Cleveland?
Ever since the NBA Playoffs started, I haven’t given the Celtics their proper respect. In the series against the 76ers, Philadelphia got the nod from me because I didn’t think Jayson Tatum would elevate his game the way he did. You also must factor that Jaylen Brown was dealing with a hamstring injury and there were uncertainties about Marcus Smart also. Terry Rozier has made himself a lot of money in these playoffs and will get paid after next season. Al Horford has played like a man possessed and have been a great leader for this young crop of players. In Game 3, if Cleveland were to beat the Celtics, this would be a series again. Would you bet against Lebron James? Would you put your money on BetNow.eu sportsbook against one of the all-time greats? If so, check out them and see how things will turn out Saturday night.
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