Welcome to TD Garden, where the Boston Celtics will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at 3:30 p.m. (ABC). The Cavaliers lead the series, 2-1.
Just got back from the parquet, where LeBron James and Antawn Jamison were warming up (colleague Jim Davis took the photo of James in this entry). James adjusted the sleeve on his elbow several times to keep it in place, but he certainly didn’t look to be in any kind of discomfort. As Doc Rivers said after Game 3, the elbow is not a story right now.
James looked good hoisting up threes, while Jamison was knocking down threes as well. Jamison’s only made two threes in this series — his range isn’t a weapon the Cavs have been going to very often. But his 12 rebounds Friday night were a game-high. Rajon Rondo led the Celtics with five rebounds, something that must change if the Celtics are to win Game 4.
Besides rebounding, the most obvious area in need of improvement for the Celtics this afternoon is defense. Cleveland shot over 60 percent in Game 3 until the very end of the game when the Cavs emptied their bench. If that continues, the Celtics will be going back to Cleveland down 3-1.
The locker rooms are opening shortly. We’ll have more scene-setting, and some player quotes, in a bit.