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Will the Cavs even the series in Cleveland, or will the Celtics come home up 3-1 and with a chance to clinch?
Well, we can’t forget the other option: The Celtics clinch in Cleveland and come home to rest before the finals.
All right, we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves there.
But I do think the Celtics win at least one in Cleveland and come back to Boston up 3-1 for Game 5.
Remember, the Celtics, after losing the first two at home in last year’s Eastern Conference finals, went to Cleveland and won Game 3 on Avery Bradley’s corner 3. (Weird that the first three games were won by the road team last year.)
And that was probably a lesser Celtics team, and absolutely a better Cavs team. (They had this point guard, you see …)
The Celtics do have some issues to work out on the road. Terry Rozier in particular has looked like an All-Star at home, but hasn’t been nearly as good away from the Garden, where the Celtics are undefeated this postseason.
Cleveland fans will be amped up – it is one of the most relentlessly noisy venues I’ve been to – which will probably lead frontrunners like J.R. Smith to actually make a shot once in a while.
But if the Celtics can just split out there, that might inspire some quit in the Cavs come Game 5.
That’s exactly what I believe will happen. The Celtics will split the pair out there and come back to Boston with a chance to clinch, and possibly even end LeBron’s second tenure in Cleveland. Just as we all figured would happen once Kyrie Irving was lost for the year, right?
But what do you guys think? How will the Celtics fare in the two games in Cleveland? I’ll hear you in the comments.