After a perfect 3-0 homestand, the Cavaliers are back on the road tonight when they square off against the Boston Celtics. Tipoff from TD Garden is at 8:00 p.m. (ET).
After last night’s 122-102 win over the Orlando Magic, Cleveland hit the 50-win mark for the 10th time in franchise history. It was also their 17th straight victory over the Magic, which is the NBA’s longest active win streak over a single opponent.
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In addition, the Cavs matched Boston’s 50-27 record making tonight’s game a battle to see who will be atop the Eastern Conference standings.
The Cavs have won four of the last six contests against the Celtics and lead the season series 2-1 which is important for tie-breaker purposes. Overall, the Wine and Gold are 15-1 against the Atlantic Division this season (3-0 vs. TOR, 3-0 vs. PHI, 4-0 vs. NYK, 2-1 vs. BOS, 3-0 vs. BKN), which includes a 7-1 mark on the road. Cleveland’s average margin of victory is +10.0 against the Atlantic Division this season (115.6-105.6).
As Cleveland looks to extend their winning streak to four games, they will need continued efficiency at both ends of the floor.
With 122 points last night, the Cavs have now scored 120 points or more in 22 games this season (21-1 record). That’s more than twice as many 120-point games the Cavs had last season (nine).
Defensively, Cleveland is a perfect 10-0 on the season when they hold an opponent to less than .400 from the field. The Cavs held Orlando to .384 (33-86) shooting and limited them to an opponent season-low 24 points in the paint.
Defending the paint becomes more of a challenge against the Celtics as the Cavaliers will be without their man in the middle, Tristan Thompson. Thompson did not travel with the team to Boston on Tuesday night in order to have additional evaluation and imaging done at Cleveland Clinic Wednesday morning. The results have confirmed a sprained right thumb. He will miss Wednesday’s game after playing 447 consecutive games, which was the longest active games played streak in the NBA and the longest streak in Cavaliers history.
Boston enters Wednesday’s showdown having won six of their last seven games due in large part to their All-Star point guard, Isaiah Thomas. The 5th year pro from Washington is posting career-high numbers in both points (29.1) and assists (5.9) this season.
Where to Catch the Action
TV: FOX Sports Ohio, ESPN
Radio: 100.7 WMMS, 87.7 La Mega
Programming Note: On Wednesday, FOX Sports Ohio is airing the Cavs – Celtics game (8:00 p.m.) and the Reds – Phillies game (7:00 p.m.). To view TV listings, CLICK HERE.
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Probable Starters/Status Update*
#2 – Kyrie Irving
#5 – J.R. Smith
#23 – LeBron James
#0 – Kevin Love
#4 Isaiah Thomas
#7 – Jaylen Brown
#99 – Jae Crowder
#90 – Amir Johnson
#42 – Al Horford
Status Update: (Cavs) – Tristan Thompson, (Sprained Right Thumb, Out)
Status Update: (Celtics) – Jae Crowder, (Sore Left Elbow, Probable),
Avery Bradley, (Gastroenteritis, Probable)
*Subject to change.
No Luck for the Irish
As mentioned, the Cavaliers have taken four of the last six meetings between the Conference foes.
Over the last four games against Boston, Cleveland is averaging 117.8 points and 25.0 assists. The Cavs have scored at least 120 points in three of those
four contests. They have also held the edge in second chance points (15.5-11.3), fast break points (15.3-9.8) and rebounds per game (44.0-38.0).
Wednesday’s matchup is the fourth and final meeting between the two teams this regular season.
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Autism Awareness Night: In recognition of Sunday’s World Autism Awareness Day, the Cleveland Cavaliers will host their annual Autism Awareness Night on Tuesday (April 4th vs. Orlando). In partnership with Cleveland Clinic Children’s and Autism Speaks, the night aims to bring awareness, understanding and acceptance of the Autism spectrum.
After Wednesday’s game, Cleveland comes home for a date with the Hawks on Friday then travel to Atlanta for a back-to-back against the Hawks and Heat next Sunday and Monday before closing out the campaign next Wednesday against Toronto at The Q.
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