Familiar foe: Cavaliers, Celtics face off in Eastern Conference Finals

Familiar foe: Cavaliers, Celtics face off in Eastern Conference Finals
The ECF starts Sunday (Source: AP Images)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The stage is set for a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference Finals, but both the Cavaliers and Celtics look a little different this time around.

Cleveland swept the No. 1 seed Toronto Raptors in four games during Round 2 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs, earning a spot to contend for the Eastern Conference Championship for the fourth year in a row.

The Celtics enter the Conference Finals as the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, knocking off the Philadelphia 76ers in five games during the second round.

The NBA released the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals:

  • Game 1: Cleveland at Boston, Sunday, May 13. 3:30 p.m.
  • Game 2: Cleveland at Boston, Tuesday, May 15. 8:30 p.m.
  • Game 3: Boston at Cleveland, Saturday, May 19. 8:30 p.m.
  • Game 4: Boston at Cleveland, Monday, May 21. 8:30 p.m.

*If necessary*

  • Game 5: Cleveland at Boston, Wednesday, May 23. 8:30 p.m.
  • Game 6: Boston at Cleveland, Friday, May 25. 8:30 p.m.
  • Game 7: Cleveland at Boston, Sunday, May 27. 8:30 p.m.

The two teams met last year with the Cavs knocking Boston out of the 4-1 series. Since then, Cleveland overhauled part of the roster, sending now-injured Kyrie Irving to the Celtics in exchange for point guard Isaiah Thomas. Neither star will have any impact on this year's series.

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During the 2017-18 regular season, the Cavaliers topped the Celtics two-out-of-three times.

The winner will move to the NBA Finals to face either the Houston Rockets or Golden State Warriors.

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