Cavs vs. Celtics analysis: Stats, strategies, and matchups to watch

Cavs vs. Celtics analysis: Stats, strategies, and matchups to watch

Cavs vs. Celtics analysis: Stats, strategies, and matchups to watch

It goes without saying that Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James will be a handful for the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Tell me how Kevin Love will perform.

When the Celtics agreed to sign Gordon Hayward last summer, they needed to clear cap space in order to give him a max contract. Boston has the guys to do it, especially 6-foot-9, 260-pound Aron Baynes. The victor of this series will face the victor of the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors series in the NBA Finals.

James is averaging 34.3 points per game in these playoffs, a Michael Jordan-like run that opens up greatest of all time debates best left for another time. He had trouble holding his position near the rim in the low post. It was a mess.

While members of the CBS Sports the panel mentioned a variety of reasons for picking the Warriors over the Rockets, they pointed to only one big reason-LeBron James-as to why the Cavs would be the "East's Best". Some thought this may be the year he finally fell short thanks to a rocky regular season, but the Cavaliers are rounding into form after demolishing the top-seeded Toronto Raptors in four games. He began to fake his jumper, then drive around the defender and find some surprisingly easy layups at the rim.4. It's carried over into the postseason where he is averaging 18.2 points per game. Even when I got to the National Basketball Association that was one of my only goals - to be as great as I can be, to play in big games in the National Basketball Association and be remembered - and I think I've done that in my career. ". He knows that, obviously, [Kevin] Love at the 5 is a unique coverage". Really, both teams have barely experienced much competition in their first two series.

Valuable piece Marcus Smart went down late after right thumb surgery - and the list went on and on - but it never really stopped Brad Stevens' team. Boston tends to play that way anyway.6. Like, you can't. They're both our two oldest players.

It may sound simple, but we've seen a number of teams clearly spend a ton of time obsessing over how to deal with James rather than take a bigger picture perspective and see what it would take to eliminate the Cavs. And get this - Tatum's father and Lue's father have a close friend: Larry Hughes. It's one where you can understand why some talented teams (Toronto) simply wilt upon encountering James and his teammates or push him to the brink of season-ending defeat (Indiana), only for James to make all the plays when the game matters most to keep his team's season alive.

At 20 years young, Jason Tatum is growing up in front of our bedazzled eyes. He has what post-season scorers need - the ability to create his own shot when set plays break down.

"It's definitely not a one-on-one thing", said Brown.

Boston's roar only seems to strengthen James, who appreciates the passion and pride in the Celtics. Terry Rozier is nasty. For the second straight season, the Celtics will be hindered by an injured point guard. He is another quick, athletic player. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 103.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 102 points on 47.8 percent shooting.

Their paths now intertwine again, one year after clashing in the conference finals, with this being the third meeting in the past four postseasons. At one point in these playoffs, according to an ESPN stat, Rozier had 40-plus assists against only one turnover in fourth-quarter plays, a validation of his dependability down the stretch. LeBron is a great defensive player.

Boston is 4-1 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over their last five games. When he returned, the Cavs won five in a row.

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