Boston Celtics to Conference Finals and Cleveland Cavaliers


"We know that", Thomas said after a 29-point, 12-assist showing in Game 7.

Their opponent will be LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But Washington turned things around, thriving at times under Brooks and finishing with 49 wins, and its guard tandem could smile Tuesday while discussing the perceived rift between them.

To be clear, the Boston crew will need to neutralize a formidable foe that is the King James, and not to mention the obviously bruised Celtics will be hard-pressed to tackle the Cavs, which Yahoo! "Now they have a chance to play in the Eastern Conference finals with a chance of making it to the Finals". That's why they're one of the final four teams standing.

In Game 4 of their 2015 first-round series, which was swept by Cleveland, Boston's Kelly Olynyk and Love got tangled up and Love was sidelined with a shoulder injury; Cavs forward J.R. Smith delivered a backhand punch to the face of Boston's Jae Crowder and former Cavs enforcer Kendrick Perkins delivered a crushing blindside screen on Crowder.

The Wizards led the Celtics 55-53 at the half, but in each of the last two quarters, Chenier notes, the Celtics scored 30-or-more points while the Wizards faded away. They rallied around Thomas following his sister's sudden death in the first round, coming back from an 0-2 deficit against the Chicago Bulls. And each team had won two blowouts and survived one tight game in the six contests leading up to Game 7. It ended an otherwise remarkable season for the Wizards on the road.

Despite taking their 11-game win streak on the road against the No. 1 seed in the East, the champions will prove again why they should be the favorites to win this series. Cleveland won the other games by a combined 35 points, including a 114-91 romp on April 5. This group of guys we have, we're not really focused on the outside noise and what they think we're going to do. "The rhythm is something you kind of like see if we still have it", James said, brushing off suggestions that playing in Boston would help sharpen Cleveland's mental approach. We got the No. 1 seed, they didn't give us a chance.

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Ovechkin had 10 points this postseason and continued to be a physical presence, and looked risky at times in Game 4. They can do this without Crosby. "Sid did skate this morning and he's in the process of rehabbing ", Sullivan said.

Isaiah Thomas on the doubters: "They don't ever give us a chance, and we just keep going".

The second game, it would be all Isaiah Thomas as the little man went to work.

Despite Game 7 being close much of the way, Chenier agreed it didn't feel close with the Wizards struggling to find open looks at the basket.

Boston's mettle has been tested. Despite the fact that nominally Raptors, were a stronger team than the Wizards, as they finished third, Cleveland has an extremely good record with them, and do have in mind that the average margin when they play at Quicken Loans Arena is over 15 point for the hosts. Avery Bradley will be tasked with slowing down Kyrie Irving, with Al Horford on Love and Thomas guarding sharpshooter J.R. Smith. (By contrast, Isaiah Thomas' 25.4 points and Al Horford's 16.1 points give the Celtics 41.5 points per game from their two most productive scorers.) It is a cognizance of the Cavs' shooting 49 percent from the field and 43.4 percent from 3-point range, both of which are the best such marks in the National Basketball Association this postseason. "(Kyle) Korver and LeBron, those guys are talking about it, so our guys are just anxious to play and ready to go out there". "We were able to get by without him scoring".

Yet as observed by the Boston Globe, the win over the Wizards and an already awesome season run certainly made the Celtics a solid victor by any account. For Wizards fans, it's a devastating reminder of what could have been if Horford had chosen to play for Washington instead of Boston last summer; for Celtics fans, it's a complete justification of Horford's four-year max contract in year one. Bradley was a member of the 2011-12 Celtics team that lost 4-3 to the James-led Miami Heat, which went on to claim the National Basketball Association title.

"We needed it", Olynyk said.

Look for the Cavaliers to start and finish strong with a victory margin of 10 or more points in Game 1.



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