|Cavs vs Celtics thoughts
Posted: 5/11/2018 6:14:22 PM
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it"
The Celtics have been in Lebron's shadow for well over 7 years now. do you remember? do you remember when it was Lebron who used to be at the Celtics mercy for the better part of 3 seasons but then decided to leave Cleveland to form a superteam of his own? The Celtics owned Lebron James early in his career in the first two playoff meetings, but have since been owned by Lebron in the last 4 postseason meetings(2 with Miami and 2 since his return back to the land). He has paid the Celtics back doubletime enroute to 3 championships. I am a believer of things coming back full circle and it just could possibly be the year that it happens. With Lebron free-agency talks up in the air again and a Cavs team dealing with the pressures of trying to win another championship without Kyrie Irving, this feels eerily similar to the 2009 season and to some extent the 2007 season when the Cavs were just a borderline 50 win team and 4th seed.
Enter Brad Stevens. The Celtics were out of playoff contention for just one season in his first year as coach and quickly on the fly rebuilt the Celtics from the ashes of the Big 3 to be playoff contenders once again. Since that time this team should have learned alot about what the playoffs are all about. the new look Celtics' first playoff appearance under Brad Stevens ended in a sweep by the Cavaliers. In their 2nd playoff appearance, the Celtics simply lost to a better Atlanta Hawks team but put up a much better fight. In their 3rd straight appearance, they were coming off a breakout regular season as the 1st seed and look poised to challenge the King for East supremacy but something happened..
Isiaiah Thomas, the team's leading scorer was ruled out for the remainder of the Eastern Conference Finals due to injury. the Celtics... had no chance. they were lucky to win one game against Lebron.
Now here we are again. the Celtics are back in familiar territory. They are back in the Eastern Conference Finals against the same team with homecourt advantage. They are being dissed and disrespected once more. Remember last year what the critics said?" the worst #1 seed in NBA history." ? Honestly i thought the Bulls could've beat the Celtics in the 1st round if Rajon Rondo didn't get hurt. maybe that label wasn't far from the truth. This year? "They are just lucky and playing over their head without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward". What will the critics say now?the worst #2 seed in history? The Celtics have heard the familiar chin music all before and i believe this is what makes this team more dangerous than last year's team. They are more prepared..
In order to be the best you have to beat the best. the East still goes through Lebron and it will be like how the Bulls needed several years to get over the hump against the bad boy Pistons. From a motivational standpoint, the Celtics have something to prove to all the doubters. They will rally around their coach who got snubbed from not getting a single nomination for coach of the year and everything else i've mentioned previously that had people overlooking the Celtics all season long. the critics fail to realize that this is a team that is playing great defense and efficient, unselfish team ball similar to how the Warriors play.
If the Celtics can learn to how to come together and be more efficient on the road(1-4 on the road so far) then they will have a great shot to beat the Cavs in 6 games. If it does indeed come down to a game 7 then I also like the Celtics chances at home. Home teams in game 7's have usually had the advantage. Brad Stevens is 2-0 in game 7s, Celtics overall are 22-8 in game 7s(i'm guessing most of those were at home). Lebron James is 5-2 overall in game 7s(1-2 on the road, 4-0 at home) 1-1 in game 7's vs the Celtics(won at home, lost on the road). If the Celtics beat the Cavs in Cleveland then this one's for Kyrie!! If the Celtics beat the Cavs in Boston then this one's for Hayward!!(who got injured in first game of season against the Cavs in Boston) i'm banking on this to go a full 7 games but it would be sweet if goes down in 6!
Celtics in 7!!!