Celtics follow euphoria of winning lottery with dud on court

Rufina Vignone
Mag 20, 2017

BOSTON - About 12 hours before LeBron James and Kevin Love became the first pair of teammates since Elgin Baylor and Jerry West in 1966 to score 30-plus points apiece in a road playoff game against the Boston Celtics, James had a feeling Love was in for a special night. We've got your way to see if they can rally back in game two at 8:30pm on May 19 via live stream. They happened to play better than us in Game 1. Fighters have mixed feelings about McGregor boutStephen A.: Mayweather firm on nine-figure paydayCurry inspiring kids to 'be. With home-court advantage gone, the Celtics is facing a must-win Game 2 on Friday evening.

The Celtics are the favorites going into Game 7 in Boston, as bet365 Sports has posted in their favor at 1.47, while the Wizards are not too far behind at 2.75.

The Celtics will try and find a way to tie this series tonight, but the way LeBron has been playing, it's starting to feel impossible. "They were more physical", said Boston's Isaiah Thomas, who added 10 assists. Until the end of the second quarter, when the Celtics already faced a deficit of greater than 20 points, Thomas had three turnovers and two field goals made.

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Some third-quarter unpleasantness erupted between Thompson and Boston's Marcus Smart, whose fiery play kept his team somewhat alive - his flying slam on a rebound with 2.8 seconds left in the third igniting the crowd. For the most part, it worked, as Boston cut into the Cavs lead and got a few cheap foul calls. The Celtics finished 12 of 38 (31.6 percent) from long distance, while the Cavs were 11 of 31 (35.5 percent).

"Whenever they have their backs up against the wall they do play better, just like we do", Smith said.

One of the Celtics' issues all night was not sending help when James got into one-on-one situations.

"Amazing, but he's better than when I first got into the league", said Stevens, in his fourth year in the league and now 0-5 against James and the Cavs in the postseason. "Obviously he got comfortable with what we were doing on the defensive end, and he had his way".

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