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Cleveland Cavaliers (0-0) at Boston Celtics (0-0) Jap Convention Semifinals Recreation #1 5/7/24

After dispatching the Miami Warmth in 5 video games, the Celtics have been ready for the Cavs and Magic to settle their collection, which completed with a Recreation 7 on Sunday. The Celtics have been off for five days therapeutic and resting up whereas the Cavs have had simply 1 time off since closing out their first spherical collection. The Celtics had per week off earlier than Spherical 1 as they waited for the Warmth to complete up within the play-in match.

The Celtics received the collection 2-1 between these two groups within the common season. The Celtics received 120-113 on December 12 in Boston and so they received 116-107 as soon as once more in Boston on December 14. The Cavaliers received 105-104 on March 5 in Cleveland, after getting back from a 22 level 4th quarter deficit. Dean Wade scored 20 factors within the 4th quarter to steer the Cavaliers to a win that may break an 11 recreation win streak for the Celtics.

That is the primary assembly between these two groups within the publish season since 2018 when the 4th seeded Cavaliers beat the 2nd seeded Celtics in 7 video games. In 2017, the 2nd seeded Cavaliers beat the first seeded Boston in 5 video games. In 2015, Cleveland beat the Celtics within the 1st spherical in a sweep. In 2010, Boston received in 6 video games in LeBron James final 12 months in Cleveland earlier than transferring to Miami. In 2008, when the Celtics received the title, Boston received in 7 video games within the 2nd spherical. Beforehand, they met 3 occasions with Boston successful in 1976 and 1985 and Cleveland successful in 1992.

The Celtics will likely be with out Kristaps Porzingis at the least to start this collection, and probably for the complete collection as he offers with a calf harm that he suffered in Recreation 4 of Boston’s first-round collection towards the Warmth. They went on to simply beat the Warmth in Recreation 5 with out Porzingis with Al Horford getting the beginning in his place and Luke Kornet choosing up the again up minutes. I count on Horford to start out on this recreation as nicely. The Celtics are 22-4 with out Porzingis, together with the playoffs.

The Cavaliers have already dominated out 3 gamers and have a 4th listed as questionable. Dean Wade, who was the hero of the Cavaliers lone win within the common season, has been out since March 8 with a knee sprain and can stay out for this recreation. Ty Jerome is out as he recovers from ankle surgical procedure. Craig Porter, Jr has missed 7 video games with an ankle sprain and is out for this recreation.

Jarrett Allen performed very nicely in Cleveland’s first 4 video games towards the Magic averaging 17.0 factors, 13.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks. He took successful from Franz Wagner in Recreation 4 and sustained a rib harm that saved him out of the final 3 video games of that collection. He’s listed as questionable for this recreation and will likely be a recreation time choice. His presence at middle would make the Cavs a a lot more durable staff ought to he be cleared to play.

Possible Celtics Starters

Celtics Reserves
Oshae Brissett
Sam Hauser
Svi Mykhailiuk
Payton Pritchard
Jordan Walsh
Jaden Springer
Xavier Tillman
Neemias Queta
Luke Kornet

2 Method Gamers
JD Davison
Drew Peterson

Kristaps Porzingis (calf) out

Head Coach
Joe Mazzulla

Possible Cavaliers Starters

Cavaliers Reserves
Damian Jones
Caris LeVert
Sam Merrill
Georges Niang
Marcus Morris, Sr
Tristan Thompson

Two Method Gamers
Emoni Bates
Isaiah Mobley
Craig Porter, Jr

Ty Jerome (ankle) out
Dean Wade (knee) out
Craig Porter, Jr (ankle) out
Jarrett Allen (ribs) questionable

Head Coach
JB Bickerstaff

Key Matchups

Derrick White vs Donovan Mitchell
Mitchell is averaging 28.7 factors, 5.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.4 steals per recreation within the playoffs. He’s capturing 45.9% from the sphere and 25.0% from past the arc. Towards the Celtics this season, he averaged 30 factors, 7 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1 steal whereas capturing 50% from the sphere and 33.3% from past the arc. Slowing Mitchell down will likely be key to getting a win for the Celtics and it’s doubtless that White, Vacation and Brown might all get an opportunity to attempt to defend him.

Jrue Vacation vs Darius Garland
Garland and Donovan have fashioned an excellent backcourt for the Cavs. Within the playoffs, Garland is averaging 14.9 factors, 3.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per recreation. He’s capturing 44.9% from the sphere and 40percentfrom past the arc. Towards the Celtics this season, he averaged 20.3 factors, 1.7 rebounds, 7 assists and 1.7 steals whereas capturing 40.3% from the sphere and 43.5% from past the arc. As with Mitchell, slowing him down will likely be key to successful this recreation.

Honorable Point out
Al Horford vs Evan Mobley
After all, if Jarrett Allen can play, he can be the matchup right here. Mobley is averaging 12.1 factors, 9.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists and three blocks within the playoffs. He’s capturing 47.9% from the sphere and 27.3% from past the arc. He performed in just one recreation towards the Celtics within the common season and completed with 4 factors, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and a couple of steals. He shot simply 25% from the sphere however didn’t hit a 3. The Celtics have to attempt to maintain him out of the paint and off the boards.

Keys to the Recreation
Protection – Protection is at all times a key to successful video games and particularly within the playoffs when protection turns into much more necessary. The Cavaliers are defensive staff with a 104.9 defensive ranking, which is 4th within the playoffs. The Celtics have a defensive ranking of 100.7, which is third within the playoffs. The Celtics should proceed to make protection a precedence on this recreation and so they must play that powerful protection for 48 minutes and never let up. The Cavs are going to play powerful protection and so the Celtics might want to match or exceed their defensive depth.

Rebound – Subsequent to protection, rebounding is the following largest key to successful. A lot of rebounding is effort and need and when the Celtics put out the additional effort on the boards, it normally carries by to the remainder of their recreation. The Celtics are averaging 45.6 rebounds per recreation within the playoffs (1st) whereas the Cavs are averaging 40.0 rebounds per recreation (14th). Within the first spherical, the Celtics received each recreation they out-rebounded the Warmth and misplaced the one recreation the Warmth had extra rebounds than them. The Celtics should work more durable to seize rebounds than the Cavaliers do.

Bench Play – Within the common season, the Celtics had the highest ranked bench play with a web ranking of 6.2. They’ve completed even higher within the playoffs with a web ranking of 9.6 for his or her bench within the first spherical. The Cavs bench was fifteenth within the common season and improved to eleventh within the playhoffs with a web ranking of three.2. The Celtics bench loses quite a bit with Al Horford transferring into the beginning lineup. They’ll want Payton Pritchard, Sam Hauser and Luke Kornet to play nicely after they come into the sport.

Effort and Focus for 48 Minutes – The Celtics want to remain centered for 48 minutes. They must play with effort. The Cavs play laborious and so the Celtics have to match that effort and play even more durable. The staff that performs more durable and is extra aggressive is normally the staff that comes out on high and that additionally will get the higher whistle. The Celtics even have to remain centered. They must give attention to taking good pictures and making them and on enjoying as a staff and making the correct play each time. Additionally they must maintain that effort and focus up for 48 minutes with no let up and no collapse.

Three Level Capturing – The Celtics led the league in 3’s taken within the common season, taking 42.5 per recreation. In Spherical 1 of the playoffs, they took 39 per recreation (2nd). The Cavaliers had been eighth within the common season, taking 36.8 threes per recreation. Towards the Warmth, the Celtics took 38.5 threes per recreation (2nd) whereas the Cavs took 30.8 threes per recreation (14th). The Celtics had been 1st with 14 made 3’s per recreation whereas the Cavs had been final with simply 8.6 made 3’s per recreation. The Celtics are 58-7 this season when making the identical quantity or extra 3’s than their opponents. They’re simply 10-12 after they make fewer 3’s than their opponents. The Celtics have to make their 3 pointers and on the identical time, defend the perimeter nicely to restrict the three level capturing of the Cavs.

House vs Highway – The Celtics labored laborious within the common season to get dwelling courtroom for the playoffs. They misplaced solely 4 video games at dwelling within the common season. Nevertheless, they’ve struggled at dwelling for some motive within the playoffs, They’re simply 14-14 at dwelling within the final 4 publish seasons. The one recreation they’ve misplaced in these playoffs was at dwelling. The Celtics want to guard dwelling courtroom and use the gang help for motivation. The Cavs needed to journey after closing out their collection on Sunday. Additionally they must take care of staying in motels and enjoying on an unfamiliar courtroom and in entrance of hostile followers. They’re additionally 0-9 on the street within the playoffs beneath JB Bickerstaff. The Celtics have to make their dwelling courtroom a troublesome place for different groups to play on.

Expertise – Will the Celtics expertise within the earlier playoffs give them an edge in these playoffs. They’ve been to the Jap Convention Finals 3 occasions and the the Finals as soon as since Jayson Tatum was drafted. The Celtics starters have a complete of 512 playoff video games beneath their belts whereas the Cavs starters have 143 video games of playoff expertise. As a staff, the Celtics have 585 video games of playoff expertise whereas the Cavs have 293. Will that have give the Celtics the sting towards a a lot much less skilled Cavs staff?

Officiating – Officiating is at all times an x-factor. Each crew calls the sport a little bit in a different way with some calling it tight and others letting them play. They appear to be letting them play extra in these playoffs thus far, however that might change with any given crew and any given recreation. The Celtics have to regulate to how the sport is being known as and give attention to the sport and never on the officers.

Official Report
Crew Chief – Scott Foster – Foster has a house win/loss report of 45-24 In these playoffs he has known as 48% of fouls on the street staff and 52% on the house staff. Boston is 9-1 of their final 10 video games with Foster as an official and Cleveland is 5-5 of their final 10. Foster is called the Fixer and is understood for attempting to maintain video games aggressive. He was voted the worst ref within the league in a ballot taken of league referees. Simply the title Scott Foster tends to trigger worry and gnashing of tooth by each fan base within the league. He will be superb however he will also be very unhealthy.

Referee – Curtis Blair – Blair has a house win/loss report of 36-32. He calls 51% of fouls on the street staff and 49 towards the house staff. The Celtics are 7-3 of their final 10 video games with Blair, whereas the Cavs are 3-7 of their final 10, He has principally flown beneath the radar and there’s no current controversy regarding him.

Umpire – Mitchell Ervin – Ervin has a house win/loss report of 31-37. He calls 52% of fouls on the street staff and 48% on the house staff. Boston is 6-4 of their final 10 video games with Ervin whereas the Cavs are 4-6 of their final 10. Once more, Ervin doesn’t have a lot controversy hooked up to him apart from an ejection of Draymond Inexperienced that drew some questions.

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