Boston Celtics enter series vs Cleveland Cavaliers short on experience

Boston Celtics enter series vs Cleveland Cavaliers short on experience

The Cavs succumbed to Irving's trade demand - he was exhausted of playing in James' shadow - and sent the All-Star to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, a first-round draft pick, forward Jae Crowder and center Ante Zizic. Despite missing two of their star players, the Celtics made quick work of a fully healthy 76ers team.

With 2.4 seconds left and the Boston Celtics leading by two, Marcus Smart had a chance to clinch Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and eliminate Philadelphia by making a pair of free throws. They look to keep the good times rolling against the Cleveland Cavaliers, however beating LeBron James will be one tough task. He was officially shut down in April with a knee injury.

The Celtics and Cavaliers meet on Sunday for a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals.

And due to season-ending injuries suffered by forward Gordon Hayward and guard Kyrie Irving, the Celtics aren't as imposing as they were supposed to be this spring.

Fast-forward seven months, and the starting lineups are unrecognizable from October. "No matter how good you're playing or how bad you're playing, they're going to ride with you".

"I always hoped we would get to a point where if things don't go our way, we're still extremely competitive because we have a kind of foundation in place", he said. "Both teams have raised their level of play and been through it, but are here now and have to lay it all on the line".

It looked unlikely both teams would make it to this point during the regular season.

Of course, the Celtics understand full well why they are underdogs in this series, particularly with the way James is playing and the relative ease with which these Cavaliers swept through top-seeded Toronto in Round 2.

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While Stevens deserves credit in James' eyes, focusing too much on the absences of Irving and Hayward means Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier and the rest of the Celtics don't get their proper due.

The Celtics have already proven plenty this postseason, considering they're competing for a shot at the National Basketball Association finals without two of their most important starters.

Boston has enough players on its roster with sufficient postseason playing time under their belts not to be rocked by the intensity of the games to come and the Celtics younger players have performed exceptionally well in the playoffs to date.

Then Irving was injured, the Philadelphia 76ers' "Process" proved successful, and the Raptors surged to 59 wins and the best record in the East. McConnell was able to get some dribble penetration, can launch a mid-range jumper off the bounce with some confidence, and was the only credible player that could guard Terry Roizer. "We know that it'll be quite a challenge". "We didn't want to keep building their momentum and it was good to get a close out game here on our home floor".

Zizic is the lone player from last summer's blockbuster trade that might play in the series. Simmons infamous "one" point game brought down his point average greatly.

Those are just a sampling of the current-day Celtics that James and the Cavs will have to contend with to put his name closer to those Celtics legends in the Garden rafters. Clarkson, Hill, and Hood, all acquired at the deadline, combined for 44 points. "But I think that one of the things that helps them is the way that coach helps them prepare and the way that he teaches them the game".

So far this post-season, LeBron is averaging 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9 assists per game. "It's just kinda one of those things, but a lot of discomfort, like I said, it's part of the journey, nothing serious, there's no long-term implications".

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