The Cavaliers and Celtics tip-off Thursday at 7 p.m. at the TD Garden in Boston. The Celtics have played tough, but the Cavs have prevailed in both games at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavs defeated the Celtics in Game 1, 113-100 and in Game 2, 99-91. Games 3 and 4 are in Boston. If necessary, Game 5 will be played on Tuesday night at the Q.
The Cavaliers have won by an average of 10.5 points in the first two matchups, but forward LeBron James believes the team cannot make the same mistakes they made at home and expect the same winning result. James scored a game high 30 points on Tuesday night in front of the Cleveland crowd, half of which were scored in the fourth quarter. James has never lost an opening round matchup in his NBA career.
On Wednesday, Celtics forward Jae Crowder told reporters, "We're going to get some wins." He also went on to say the Cavaliers are not intimidating. It will no doubt be a hostile environment for the Cavs tonight, which will be the first road playoff game for many Cavaliers, including Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.
There has been much talk about how Love and Irving would respond in their first playoff series. So far, they've been outstanding. Irving is averaging 28 points the first two games, with Love averaging 16 points a game. The Cavs "Big 3" have combined for 69 points in each game this series.
There has been one area where the Celtics has been much better than the Cavs and that is bench scoring. Their bench outscored the Cavs 51-7 in Game 2. So far in the series, their bench has outscored the Cavs' bench by 70. Part of that is because their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas, always comes off the bench.