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Game 5: Celtics’ fans vs LeBron James and the Cavaliers

Game 5: Celtics’ fans vs LeBron James and the Cavaliers

The Boston Celtics have not loss at home during the playoffs, they play the 2 of the 3 there.  The Cavaliers have won 3 games on the road.  Over the last couple years the question of how important home court advantage have been largely debated.  For a team like the Toronto Raptors it seem like it didn’t matter or were they always meant to lose to LeBron.  Last years, Boston Celtics fought tilt the end for home court advantage and still loss.  Maybe a nonsense theory but some teams (Cavaliers and Warriors) just seem to be content with making the playoffs regarding of seeding.

Fans are a big factor when it comes any sports teams.  There is a sense of comfortably playing in your own home field.  The crowd is there to cheer you up and pick you up when needed, celebrating every play on both sides of the floor.  The Celtics are a young team that are missing the 2 pieces that were supposed to lead them in this situation.  Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier have stepped up in way that nobody could have ever predicted.  They are about to face their biggest challenge yet.

Year 15 LeBron, how he is been to refer too now, is a force.  Tristan Thompson-Kardashian seems to have come back to life and in the best form yet.  Kyle Korver and Kevin Love are really becoming 1 and the other.  George Hill is slowly coming back to life.  The Cavaliers are getting better at closing out games compared to the Pacers series.

Notes/ Factors:

  • Terry Rozier hasn’t scored over 18 this series. Hasn’t broken 20 since game 2 vs Philly.
  • Mid-season acquisitions Jordan Clarkson & Larry Nance have pretty much become nonexistent.
  • LeBron James have 6 40+ points performances this post season alone.
  • Marcus Morris has gradually played less minutes every game.
  • Jaylen Brown has been the clear leader and go to guy for the Celtics averaging 20 points in the series

 

 

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Are you not entertained? Is this not what you wanted? Cavs-Celtics Tie Series. A Reality Check.

Are you not entertained? Is this not what you wanted? Cavs-Celtics Tie Series. A Reality Check.

Cavaliers- Celtics was the closest game, in terms of final score, out of all the games so far, or was it? LeBron James dominated and from time to time seems to be toying with the Boston Celtics.  Did anybody else notice LeBron check in with about 8 minutes left in the game, as if he was just going through the motions into another win?  LeBron makes it look too easy at times and it is really unfair compared to a Boston Team that seem to be struggling with the easiest things (Tatum missed dunk, Brown wide open shot).

Marcus Morris was the LeBron stopper and for 2 games Brad Stevens had the formula to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers. Stephen A Smith was yelling sweep.  The only talks were off the outcome of losing to the Boston Celtics would have on LeBron James’ epic career.  Then Saturday happen and yea that happen, good memories will forget the score.  Monday is gone and now we have gotten to a reality check.  Unlike the Warriors-Rockets series we are just hoping for a competition from one side of the equation.

3 games left tilt the bells are rang and one team has to move forward to the next round. 2 games are a must win, luckily for Boston, they play 2 games at home where they have played their best.  History is amazing, the Boston Celtics are 37-0 after leading 2-0 in a series, and LeBron James is now 7-0 winning the next games after being down 2-0.

We are experiencing history in sports whichever team wins. It is true poetic justice if the Celtics are the team that dethrones LeBron James especially without Kyrie Irving.  Also Historic would be if LeBron James once again makes it to the NBA finals.

The Celtics shouldn’t embraced full panic mode lose and go home mentality, because if they don’t is going to be Cavs in 6. There is not a scenario that doesn’t favor the Cavaliers, win game 5 and series is over in 6.  Cavs lose game 5, play a team that has only won 1 game on the road and go back to Boston with fiery LeBron James to deal with.

How can the Boston Celtics survived or have they ran out of luck?

I wrote previously an article called “2-0 is not end game for LeBron & the Cavaliers. Is far from over.” Now the series at 2-2. What happens next??

2-0 is not end game for LeBron & The Cavaliers. Is far from over.

Another win by the Boston Celtics over the Cavaliers making it a 2-0 series in a best of 7.  Honestly aside from LeBron James and Kevin Love the Cavs are really hard to watch, especially Tristan Thompson-Kardashian and JR Smith.  Boston looks so good and somehow the talks are more about next year “trading Tatum-Brown for Kwahi” or “Kyrie-Hayward for Kwahi” then how good this team is right now.  How interesting is it that Brad Stevens didn’t get any votes despite the team success.

2 games down and the celebrations, the memes, the conclusions and all the nonsense of the NBA playoffs are coming to live.  The “LeBron haters” bandwagon has to either be at full capacity or at least looking into upgrading to a greyhound bus.  The NBA playoffs are fun to watch and they are even more appealing when one of the greats (LeBron James) is losing.  People are more surprised, intrigued and involved in the Celtics-Cavaliers than the Rockets-Warriors.

The Celtics are playing great right now, but truly won’t know that until they win the fourth game. At no point in time can they let their guard down.  Game 1 a 25 point victory, game 2 a 13 point victory, both victories at home.  The Celtics have not lost at home this post-season, also they have only won 1 game outside of their home.  They have been deadly at home, taking full advantage and adding to the argument on how important it is to have home court.

Game 1 the Cavaliers looked lost, like they didn’t want to be there at all.  Game 2 looked a little better like they started to get it going (for about 2 quarters) and then went back to just kicking back.  The 2 performances from the Cavaliers is exactly what they have been doing all season.  LeBron putting up great or even amazing numbers and the team is still ending with a loss is nothing new, it has been happening all season.

Should the Cavaliers be worried? Yes, you are down 2-0. Is true that the Celtics are 37-0 all time in series when they lead the series 2-0.  So should the Celtics still be worried? Yes.  They are going to Cleveland to play a pair of games, which could even the series up (just like it happen with the Bucks series).  The Celtics have struggled winning on the road this post season.  Have we forgotten about the Bucks series that went to 7 games, last game played in Boston, hopefully not?  The series vs the Bucks showed the Celtics true colors and how dependent they are on home court.

While the Celtics have only won 1 game away from home, the Cavaliers have won 3, now why does this even matter? Because if we follow the pattern and Celtics don’t win at home then is 2-2 series going back to the Celtics (like with the Bucks).  Game 5, will be decisive, if the Celtics can’t get the win then we look at a game 6 on the road down 3-2.  Best case scenario for the Celtics is for them to close it out the next 2 games because if they don’t win on the road they could be looking at game 7 Vs LeBron James.

Would you bet against LeBron James on a Game 7?

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