“It’s not the fewest the Celtics have scored in a first quarter, however”, Jason Lloyd, editor-in-chief for the Athletic, pointed out Cleveland’s defensive adjustments.
“He’s the best in the game at evaluating the court and figuring out what he wants and where he wants it”, Stevens said. I believe the victor of this game will win the series.
Lucky for King James and company, in this year’s conference championships, home teams are a staggering 5-1 at home with an average margin of victory of 26 points. But records and milestones are made to be broken. In all, Cleveland made just eight 3-pointers, which typically dooms them. The key difference for Boston in game three, besides the scoring difficulties, was the team’s inability to stop Cavalier role players from scoring. We saw it Saturday night. After a rough start to the series, J.R. Smith added three more threes and will also be looking to keep his hot hand going from distance. They aren’t playing with the same intensity or confidence as they do when they’re under those dangling National Basketball Association championship banners and retired jersey numbers atop TD Garden.
James had 27 points and 12 assists and the Cavs shot 50 percent from beyond the arc to help lead Cleveland to a dominating 116-86 win in Game 3 on Saturday night, pulling to within a game of Boston’s 2-1 series lead. The Celtics have the home games in their back pocket, sure.
It’s a production matching the other reliable producer for the Cavs, Kevin Love. Which would you rather? “That’s why you get a chance to watch film and see what you did wrong”. They did a great job of exposing that. “In this deal, it’s a blast to have to grit your teeth, get up off the mat and go after it again”.
“I watched the first two games and how we defended them and how I defended [James] personally and, like I said, [Game 3] I just thought I did a awful job”. At the beginning of the series, the Cavs, who shot just 15% from deep, weren’t making the C’s pay for this type of defense. So they can avoid the ever so crucial punch for punch situations.
If history means anything, Boston is an absurd 37-0 all-time when they win the opening two games of a series. Again, the victor of this game will win the series. “We didn’t get it from side to side”. This team was not supposed to make it this far.
Will they get it done tonight?
Marcus Morris #13 and Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics high five in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 19, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.