Key: Back to Beantown
On Thursday night, the Cavaliers can wrap up the Eastern Conference title for the third straight season – traveling to Boston for Game 5 after getting back on track and pulling past the scrappy Celtics on Tuesday.
After thumping Boston in the first two games of the series, the Wine and Gold had designs on going “fo’, fo’ fo’” in their collision course with the Warriors. But the Celtics stole Game 3 on Sunday night, changing the complexion of Game 4 at The Q. Cleveland struggled through the first half, trailing by as many as 16 points in the second quarter, before bouncing back with a vengeance after intermission, shooting 71 percent from the floor – with Kyrie Irving scoring 21 of his Playoff career-high 42 points in the third period.
The Wine and Gold – joining Golden State as the only team in the postseason to score at least 100 points in each of their first 12 games – got 93 combined points from the Big Three. Cleveland is averaging 115.3 points during their current Playoff run and, even with Sunday’s clunker, is averaging 116.3 ppg in the Eastern Conference Finals.
And they come to Boston with recent history on their side. Since 2009, the Cavs have won each of their last 12 potential series-clinching games, tying the longest such streak in NBA Playoff history (Lakers, 2000 to 2004).