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Cavaliers (1-0) at Celtics (0-1) ECF Game #2 5/19/17
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Cleveland Cavaliers (1-0) at Boston Celtics (0-1)
Friday, May, 19, 2017
8:30 PM ET
Eastern Conference Finals  Game #2
Playoff Game #15, Home Game #9
TV: TNT
Radio: 98.5 Sports Hub, WTAM 1100
TD Garden




Probable Starters

PG:  Isaiah Thomas ........................................ SG:  Avery Bradley


C:  Al Horford


SF:  Gerald Green   ............................................ PF: Jae Crowder

Celtics Reserves
Demetrius Jackson
Jordan Mickey
Terry Rozier
James Young
Tyler Zeller
Marcus Smart
Kelly Olynyk
Jonas Jerebko
Jaylen Brown
Gerald Green

Injuries
None Reported

Head Coach
Brad Stevens 




Probable Starters

PG:  Kyrie Irving ................ SG:  JR Smith


C:  Tristan Thompson


SF: LeBron James................. PF: Kevin Love 

Cavs Reserves
Kay Felder
Channing Frye
Richard Jefferson
Dahntay Jones
James Jones
Kyle Korver
Iman Shumpert
Deron Williams
Derrick Williams

Injuries
Edy Tavares (hand) out

Game Notes
After a tough loss in game 1 to the Cavaliers, the Celtics have to go back to the drawing board and figure a way to stop, or at least slow down, LeBron James without leaving his teammates open to hit three pointers. 

The Celtics also have to be more focused and as Danny said, they need more compete.  They let the Cavaliers' domination at the beginning get them down and they weren't as aggressive as they could be.  However, they started to show some spunk and go at the Cavs in the 4th quarter.  They need to carry that over to Game 2 and hit them right from the start. 

The Cavs went on an 18-6 run in the 2nd quarter to take a 61-39 lead at halftime. The Celtics showed more of the “compete” that Ainge talked about in the second half, outscoring the Cavs 65-56, but couldn't make up the big gap.   Brad Stevens may opt for a lineup change, but more than likely he will stick with the same starting lineup.  The one bright spot in the first game was the play of Jaylen Brown.  We may see more of Brown in this game, whether he starts of comes off the bench. 

The Celtics have no reported injuries.  The Cavs have Edy Tavares out with a hand injury. 

Key Matchups
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Jae Crowder vs LeBron James
James averaged 26.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 8.7 assists and shooting 54.8% from the field in the regular season.  Playoff LeBron is definitely a thing because he has upped his averages to 34.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 7.1 assists for the playoffs.  In the first game he had 38 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while shooting 58% from the field.    Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, and Kelly Olynyk all spent time alone with Jae trying to slow him down, to no avail.    Slowing him down will be a key in this game. 

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Amir Johnson vs Kevin Love 
The Celtics have to also find a way to slow down Kevin Love.  Love finished Game 1 with 32 points and 12 rebounds on 56% shooting.  He also shot 67% on 3 pointers.  Most of the three pointers that he took were open so the Celtics need to find a way to stay with him especially beyond the arc. 

Honorable Mention
Al Horford vs Tristan Thompson
Thompson gave the Celtics problems all night.  He was 7-7 from the floor for 20 points to go with 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.  He also took 10 free throws.  Al has to stay with him and especially keep him off the boards and out of the paint. 

Keys to the Game
Defense Defense Defense!! Defense is key to winning every game.  The Celtics must concentrate on getting stops and keeping the Cavaliers from scoring at will.  The Cavs are averaging 114.5 points per game in the playoffs and they lead the playoffs with 14.4 3-pointers per game on 43.4% shooting from beyond the arc.  The Celtics must play lock down defense and keep the hot shooting Cavs from scoring at will. 

Rebound - The Celtics can't score if they don't have the ball. They must crash the boards as a team to prevent the Cavs from getting second chance and fast break points.  They also need to rebound to give themselves extra possessions and to fuel their running game. The Cavs are averaging 41.4 rebounds to 38.3 rebounds for the Celtics in the playoffs.  The Celtics must rebound as a team with every player crashing the boards.

Run, Run, Run - The Celtics need to run on every possession in order to get some easy points before the Cavs defense sets up.  When the Celtics walk the ball up and slow the game down they struggle.  They have to run and they have to move the ball with crisp passes.  Ball movement and energy will be important for the Celtics especially from the start.   

Be Aggressive  -  The Celtics must be the more aggressive team.  They have to beat the Cavs to every loose ball and win the 50/50 plays.  They have to be aggressive on the boards and in driving into the paint and to the basket.  They have to be the team that works harder and the team that wants it more.  The Cavs may have more stars, but the Celtics have to be the team that wins by playing harder.  As Danny said after Game 1, they need more compete. 

Play 48  Minutes - The Celtics gave up an 18-6 run in the second quarter of Game 1.  Just as in the losses to the Wizards, even though they played better and even outscored them in the 2nd half,  they couldn't catch up.  The Celtics need to avoid allowing the Cavs to go on a big run at any point.  They need to play hard from the opening tip to the final buzzer.   


X-Factors
Home Court - The Celtics will be playing at home and that has to give them a boost to have the crowd behind them.   In spite of being down big in Game 1, the crowd stuck with the team and cheered them on.  The Celtics have to take advantage of being at home and the crowd needs to be loud and give their team energy once again.

Officiating - As always, the officiating is an x-factor. Every crew officiates differently and teams never know what to expect. Sometimes they let them play and other times they call a foul on every possession. Some games they call evenly and others they favor one team or the other. It's like Forrest Gump's box of chocolate... you never know what you are going to get.  In most games against the Cavs, the Cavs seem to get the benefit of way too many calls. The Celtics must play through it and not let the officials take them out of the game if that happens.   
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Re: Cavaliers (1-0) at Celtics (0-1) ECF Game #2 5/19/17
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TP to Somebody for being the first to post in the game thread!! 

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great thread FL.  figures I just missed being first !!!!

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Let's do this! Jaylen should start , he played Lebron very well and was great on the offensive boards. Go C's, we still got some fight left in us!!

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TP to slamtheking for being 2nd and TP to hpantazo for posting 3rd.   The Eastern Conference Finals deserves 1st, 2nd and 3rd TP's.

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The Cavs had things way too easy in Game 1.  And whatever game plan Brad came up with to limit the Cavs defensively just totally failed.  Cleveland was shooting near 60% from the field for much of the game.  That can't happen.  And the C's have to do better than 1 for 15 from 3 pt range which is what they were at one point.

I think they'll play a lot better in Game 2.  Whether its enough to win though...not sure.  LeBron is a beast right now.  Too bad we can't resurrect a younger Paul Pierce put on the floor to guard him because no one on the current roster can slow him down.

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TP to slamtheking for being 2nd and TP to hpantazo for posting 3rd.   The Eastern Conference Finals deserves 1st, 2nd and 3rd TP's.

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Celtics!!

Thanks FLCeltsFan, TP!

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this is it DO OR DIE lose and we get swept.
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The Cavs had things way too easy in Game 1.  And whatever game plan Brad came up with to limit the Cavs defensively just totally failed.  Cleveland was shooting near 60% from the field for much of the game.  That can't happen.  And the C's have to do better than 1 for 15 from 3 pt range which is what they were at one point.

I think they'll play a lot better in Game 2.  Whether its enough to win though...not sure.  LeBron is a beast right now.  Too bad we can't resurrect a younger Paul Pierce put on the floor to guard him because no one on the current roster can slow him down.


I think part of the problem was that Brad and co. didn't have enough time between game 7 and game 1 to come up with a plan, and practice it enough with the players. The other problem was the players had no legs, that was indicative with all the missed jumpers, layups, and free throws last night.

That's part of making it to the Finals though, and this is a great learning experience for Brad and the players. You have to be more in shape than you imagine, and be ready to prep for a new team or make major adjustments instantly.

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The Cavs had things way too easy in Game 1.  And whatever game plan Brad came up with to limit the Cavs defensively just totally failed.  Cleveland was shooting near 60% from the field for much of the game.  That can't happen.  And the C's have to do better than 1 for 15 from 3 pt range which is what they were at one point.

I think they'll play a lot better in Game 2.  Whether its enough to win though...not sure.  LeBron is a beast right now.  Too bad we can't resurrect a younger Paul Pierce put on the floor to guard him because no one on the current roster can slow him down.


I think part of the problem was that Brad and co. didn't have enough time between game 7 and game 1 to come up with a plan, and practice it enough with the players. The other problem was the players had no legs, that was indicative with all the missed jumpers, layups, and free throws last night.

That's part of making it to the Finals though, and this is a great learning experience for Brad and the players. You have to be more in shape than you imagine, and be ready to prep for a new team or make major adjustments instantly.
I agree.  They didn't have their legs. In fact they looked a half step (or more) behind for most of the night.  They seemed to be mentally tired as much as physically.

They did show a little life finally late in the 3Q and early 4Q but by then Cleveland was way too far ahead. 

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criminey!!!!!~ i am not even remotely close to being first on this one.  :P

oh well, it doesnt matter since the celtics are about to beat the snot out of the cavs. stomp, stomp, stomp....grrrrrrrr.....  >:(

but no grrrrs or stomping will be directed towards flc. instead, nice and friendly tp is floating towards her.  ;D

celtics win folks!! book it!!!

goooooooooooooooooooooo celtics!   ;D

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Positive spirits! We will tie this up 1-1 and we will have a feast after the game. Go Celtics!
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