Boston Takes Game 1 of East Finals With Defensive Pressure

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Even with the loss of Gordon Heyward, Boston was playing well enough that when the calendar turned to 2018, most thought a Boston vs. Cleveland rematch in the East was inevitable.

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Cleveland and Boston have not played since Feb. 11th and it is safe to say these teams are significantly different three months later. Betonline has the Cavaliers as a -285 series favorite with the Celtics at +245. Cleveland essentially plays five guys and hopes that either Jeff Green or Tristan Thompson adds something in a game by game situation. But as Toronto found out, LeBron James, at least statically, is like having two players in one.

 

But head coach Brad Stevens has his team right where he wants them. With no Kyrie Irving, Boston was vulnerable against Milwaukee and won. Against Philadelphia, despite having the home court series advantage, the C’s were underdogs, yet won in a mere five games.

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