Back to Boston: LeBron, Celtics meet again in postseason

After a tough series against IN in the first round that probably should have gone more than four games, the Cavaliers completely blew away the Toronto Raptors, winning the four games IN that series with an average margin of victory of 15.3 points per game.

"We feel like we like our chances against anybody, no matter (who) is on the court", Warriors forward Kevin Durant said Tuesday night after a 136-100 victory over the Spurs, who played without injured All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard.

Celtics opened the fourth quarter on a 9-2 spurt, but Bradley Beal kept his team alive, until Olynyk buried it, hitting his first five shots of the final quarter.

The Cavaliers held a 51-38 advantage in rebounds, handed out 19 assists against 10 turnovers, stole seven passes and blocked five shots on the way to the dominating victory, but that is of little outcome to James as he gets set to play in his seventh straight Eastern Conference Finals series.

Olynyk was the victim of a Kelly Oubre Jr. shove in Game 3 that got the Wizards guard suspended for Game 4. But Wizards scored seven straight in just 51 seconds to get back within six before Olynyk taking over as he scored 11 of 13 points for the Celtics to stretch their lead to 110-100.

"Obviously, having those two guys on the team, like Brad and John", center Marcin Gortat said, "we're always going to have expectations".

If the Celts can get help from their role players, they definitely have a chance at pulling the upset over the Cavs.

Added Crowder: "We love it". Otto Porter scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Markieff Morris contributed 18 points and nine rebounds.

If the Cavaliers do drop one or two games to Boston, Thomas will have huge games on these nights. If you are a Boston fan you have to realize that the Cav's can win on the road, which they have done throughout the playoffs. Getting 48 points off the bench in Game 7 will surely give the Celtics reason for optimism since Cleveland's backups might be a bit vulnerable ...

"He just made shots", Marcin Gortat said of Olynyk.

"I love him. I love how he plays", Washington coach Scott Brooks said.

That's what happens with a true leader, a point guard like Thomas who nourishes others.

I could point out something else. "But for us, we just focus on one game at a time and (tonight's) gonna be a great game for us and we're going to come out and execute our game so we have a chance to win".

Boston won just one of four regular-season meetings with Cleveland.

We know Thomas is the star that needs to shine the brightest if the Celtics have any chance.

How are the Celtics supposed to beat a top two all-time player when he's putting up the best numbers of his life?

Things are looking up for the Celtics, a lot of big things are coming in the near future for this team. "Our guys' vibe doesn't ever change".

"For sure, I'm confident in our team". The Celtics played in their NBA-record 30th Game 7, improving to 21-9, 19-4 at home.

The Celtics won the National Basketball Association draft lottery on Tuesday to get the No. 1 overall pick.

Games 3 and 4 would be all Washington from start to finish.

Coach Scott Brooks did not have to work hard to find a silver lining to the loss. He was 2-0 with Oklahoma City, both wins over Memphis.

  • Julie Sanders