Eastern Conference Finals: How to watch Game 1 of Cavs vs. Celtics

Eastern Conference Finals: How to watch Game 1 of Cavs vs. Celtics

Eastern Conference Finals: How to watch Game 1 of Cavs vs. Celtics

Nearly a third (57 of his 192 points) of his scoring in the series was with John Wall as the primary defender, and Wall is a much tougher defender than Cleveland's J.R. Smith or Kyrie Irving.

The Celtics finished off visiting Washington 115-105 in Game 7 of the conference semifinals on Monday night; the home team won all 11 meetings between those two teams dating to the regular season. "I told him, 'We're 8-0". I say this because the Cavs are going to be great as long as James is still going strong, and he probably has three great seasons left. "And we came out on top". Boston will be riding a wave of momentum off its Game 7 victory over Washington and that can't hurt ...

Stevens' offense, which includes movement and lots of open 3-point attempts, caused both the Bulls and Wizards fits.

It has been more than a week since Cleveland swept the Toronto Raptors, forcing the Cavs to wait and watch the Celtics-Washington Wizards series stretch to seven games. "We got the No. 1 seed, they didn't give us a chance", Thomas said after scoring a team-high 29 points in Monday's Game 7 triumph over Washington.

James is aiming for his seventh trip to the Finals - a streak shared only by Bill Russell and other members of those famed Celtics teams in the '60s - and he'll have to go through Boston again to get there.

He won't guard Thomas the whole game though; Iman Shumpert will get the nod to cover Thomas when he enters the game off the bench and J.R. Smith may guard Thomas some too.

For Thomas it serves as the ultimate validation for a team that many felt was unworthy of the conference's top seed.

Thomas has spoken several times this postseason about wanting to experience the make or break moments that only the playoffs can provide. "LeBron is playing at such a high level, why go away from that?"

"I hate losing, especially when we feel like we were a better team. And when we have to mentally focus on our challenges that we have every game". "So we're going to have to play really well".

Olynyk, appearing on TNT after the game, said he got a call from his coach in the morning, telling him he had to be his "best when your best is needed". How much does Thomas being a fan favorite play into this? "I don't care if I played bad". All games ended with hosts winning.

Otto Porter added 20 points. He would also score a combined a 27 between the 4th quarter and overtime. Olynyk then did what looked like the same thing to Robin Lopez - and was then involved in an incident in the Wizards series. The game was back and forth through the first half. The Cavaliers rely on Kyle Korver and Channing Frye off the bench when their starters need rest, so the Celtics must take full advantage of James not on the floor and outperform these Cleveland bench players.

"He just made shots", Marcin Gortat said of Olynyk. When it came to the fourth quarter, the Celtics started to take the lead.

These Celtics aren't short on belief, though, and their confidence has been intensified by a postseason filled with adversity.

Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson and Olynyk all were whistled for three fouls in the opening 24 minutes, though Smart did inject some life into a second unit that outscored their Wizards' counterparts 19-5.

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