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Big rebound: Cavs confident they can bounce back vs Celtics

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio --- They've survived amid turmoil for months, their season morphing into the NBA's most compelling reality show --- or, as some have called it, spectacle. The must-watch Cleveland Cavaliers have been hardened by the nonstop drama around them. So it's not a surprise they're calm despite trailing the Boston Celtics 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals. "We know what it takes," coach Tyronn Lue said. "We're down 0-2. No need to panic." "We know what we've got to do," added All-Star forward Kevin Love on the eve of Saturday's Game 3. The Cavs have been in dire straits before in the postseason. Just two years ago, Cleveland trailed 2-0 and then 3-1 in t...Keep on reading: Big rebound: Cavs confident they can bounce back vs Celtics.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 19th, 2018Related News

By the Numbers: Why the Celtics are up 2-0 over the Cavs

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com Are we witnessing the end of LeBron James' dominance of the Eastern Conference? For the first time in the last eight years, James' team trails an East playoff series by two games. And the team that's up 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals is the one missing two of its three highest-paid players and one that struggled to get through the first round almost as much as the Cleveland Cavaliers did. Forget what we've seen from Cleveland all season; If you watched the Boston Celtics through six games against the Milwaukee Bucks, you'd have a hard time believing that they'd go on to win seven of their next eight playoff games, with the postseason's best NetRtg (point differential per 100 possessions) over that stretch. So how did we get here? Here are some numbers to know about the Celtics and Cavs, with the series taking three days off before it resumes with Game 3 in Cleveland on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)). Celtics score without leading scorer The Celtics ranked 18th offensively in the regular season, slightly worse than the league average in effective field goal percentage, offensive rebounding percentage and free throw rate (and right at the league average in turnover rate). They ranked third in effective field goal percentage from outside the paint, but 28th in field goal percentage in the paint. In 22 games without Kyrie Irving, they scored just 102.6 points per 100 possessions (a rate which would have ranked 25th). In the playoffs, the Celtics have been more efficient offensively (107.7 points scored per 100 possessions) than the Cavs (107.4). Boston is one of only two playoff teams (Indiana was the other) that have scored more efficiently in the postseason than they did in the regular season. Through the first two rounds, the Celtics' effective field goal percentage took a dip, but they cut down on turnovers and saw an increase in free throw rate. In the conference finals, they've been able to get to the basket more often, with 38 percent of their shots coming in the restricted area, up from 32 percent over the first two rounds. And that goes to the fact that they're playing a bad defensive team; The Cavs ranked 29th defensively this season. In the previous 40 years, no team that had ranked in the bottom thee defensively in the regular season had won a playoff series. So the Cavs have already made history, but it's not a coincidence that the only other team that scored more points per 100 possessions in the playoffs than they did in the regular season is the team -- the Indiana Pacers -- that the Cavs played in the first round. Even in getting swept by the Cavs in the conference semifinals, the Toronto Raptors were just as efficient offensively (110.1 points scored per 100 possessions) as they were in the first round (110.2). But the Celtics had an improved offense even before they got to this series. They've been incredibly balanced, with six guys in their rotation having a postseason usage rate between 19.6 and 24.0 (none higher than 28th overall in these playoffs). As Al Horford said after Game 1, they've found "what fits this group." They've also found, against the Philadelphia 76ers and Cavs in particular, matchups that can be taken advantage of. They've been able to execute with precision and patience. Cavs' not-so-great shots Two things stand out about the Cleveland offense as it has scored less than a point per possession in each of the first two games. First, LeBron James has just 18 total points in the restricted area after averaging a postseason-high 14.4 points per game in the restricted area through the first two rounds. The Celtics have done well in transition (the Cavs have just 16 total fast break points) and in staying in front of James in half-court situations. Even when he scored 21 points in the first quarter of Game 2, five of his eight buckets came from outside the paint. And over the two games, only 27 percent of his shots have come from the restricted area, down from 41 percent through the first two rounds. James has shot 77 percent in the restricted area and 29 percent from 3-point range in the playoffs, so if most of his offense continues to come from the perimeter, the Celtics are in great shape. The other thing that stands out (regarding the Cleveland offense) from Games 1 and 2 is that the Cavs have shot just 1-for-10 on corner 3-pointers. Game 1 was just the fourth game this season in which the Cavs didn't make a corner three, and the two games are just the third time in the four seasons since James returned to Cleveland that they've made fewer than two corner threes over a two-game stretch. Corner threes are one thing that distinguishes the Toronto series from the other two that the Cavs have played. They averaged 5.3 per game against the Raptors, but just 2.3 against the Pacers and now, 0.5 against the Celtics. It's about the attempts as much as it is about the success rate. In the regular season, Boston opponents took only 19 percent of their 3-pointers from the corners. That was the lowest opponent rate in the league. The lack of corner threes is tied to James' lack of shots in the restricted area. Because the Celtics have done a good enough job of staying in front of James, they've been able to (generally) stay at home on the Cavs' shooters. If the Cavs can find a way to get their star to the basket, the Boston defense will have to react and other things will open up. Matching up down low The Cavs started Tristan Thompson in Game 2, with the thought that he had matchup advantage (on the glass, in particular) against Horford. In last year's conference finals, the Cavs outscored the Celtics by 81 points in 134 minutes with both Thompson and Horford on the floor. In this series, the Cavs are a plus-4 in 18 minutes with Thompson on the floor and Horford playing center, and that probably keeps Thompson in the starting lineup for Game 3. Having been outscored by 38 points overall in the series, Cleveland should see some encouragement in any configuration that has produced a positive point differential. Before Game 2, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he wouldn't change his starting lineup if the Cavs did. But the Celtics didn't let the Horford-Thompson matchup last too long, especially in the second half, when Aron Baynes subbed in for Jayson Tatum less than 2 1/2 minutes into the third quarter. Thompson has played more minutes (20) in the series with Horford at power forward (alongside Baynes or Greg Monroe) than with Horford at center (18). And the Celtics have outscored the Cavs by nine points in those 20 minutes with Thompson on the floor and Horford at the four. Will change of venue matter? With their wins in Games 1 and 2, the Celtics are 9-0 at home in the postseason. If they remain undefeated at TD Garden, they'll win this series. But the Celtics have been more than 20 points per 100 possessions better at home (plus-10.8) than on the road (minus-9.4) in the postseason. Their only road win (Game 3 at Philadelphia) came in overtime and the only team with a bigger home-road NetRtg differential (26.5) in these playoffs is the team (Milwaukee) that the Celtics played in the first round. The Cavs are 5-1 at home and have been 11.7 points per 100 possessions better at Quicken Loans Arena than they've been on the road in the playoffs. But four of those five home wins have been by four points or less. They haven't exactly taken care of business at The Q. John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. 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Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 19th, 2018Related News

Antetokounmpo gives thumbs up to new Bucks coach Budenholzer

CHICAGO, United States – Mike Budenholzer, who spent the past 5 seasons as coach of the Atlanta Hawks, got named as the new coach of the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, May 17, and quickly got the approval of  team star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Budenholzer oversees a Bucks squad powered by Antetokounmpo, the Greek ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 18th, 2018Related News

Celtics hope to put road woes aside vs. Cavs in Cleveland

WALTHAM, Mass. --- Home-court advantage has proven to be a valuable commodity for the Celtics so far this postseason. Boston is 9-0 at TD Garden during these playoffs and has blistered opponents early in games, shooting 47 percent from the field and 39 percent from the 3-point line. It's often led to cushions that have helped the Celtics sustain opponents' runs in the second half. But after boasting the third-best road record in the NBA during the regular season, the Celtics have looked like a totally different team since the postseason began. They are just 1-4 away from their building and seen their shooting numbers dip to 41 percent overall and 31 percent from beyond the a...Keep on reading: Celtics hope to put road woes aside vs. Cavs in Cleveland.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: May 18th, 2018Related News

DOJ chief bucks PCGG abolition

JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said that he respects Congress’ move to abolish the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) and Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) to further strengthen the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG). But he stressed that he would want the PCGG and OGCC to….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsMay 17th, 2018Related News

Bucks agree to hire Mike Budenholzer as coach

FILE - In this April 8, 2018, file photo, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer signals during the third quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. A person.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 17th, 2018Related News

Celtics’ Marcus Smart has been unflappable against Cavaliers

BOSTON --- Celtics coach Brad Stevens has said what has carried his team through the NBA postseason is its ability to make "winning plays" with the game on the line. And more times than not, it's been Marcus Smart making them. Since returning from thumb surgery late in the first round, Smart has been unflappable and Boston's unquestioned deacon of toughness. From sacrificing his body diving for loose balls or keeping plays alive with a rebound , to causing deflections on defense, to popping up out of the crowd for a timely rebound or tip-in, Smart is the proud everyman for a once underdog Celtics team that has outworked the Cavaliers through the first two games of the Easter...Keep on reading: Celtics’ Marcus Smart has been unflappable against Cavaliers.....»»

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Backcourt blues: Cavs guards Smith, Hill horrible in Game 2

CLEVELAND --- J.R. Smith reached out, placed his hands on Al Horford's back and shoved Boston's big man out of bounds. It was the only time Smith was on target. Smith's shoddy performance in Game 2 --- he missed all seven shots and committed a flagrant 1 foul in 27 forgettable minutes --- underscored a startling disparity between Cleveland's and Boston's starting backcourts that allowed the fearless Celtics to withstand a brilliant, 42-point effort by LeBron James and take a 2-0 series lead. Smith and point guard George Hill were outscored 41-3 by Boston's Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, who were faster, hungrier and maybe tougher. "I don't think tougher," Smith said aft...Keep on reading: Backcourt blues: Cavs guards Smith, Hill horrible in Game 2.....»»

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2-0

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics overcame a 42-point performance from LeBron James to beat Cleveland 107-94 on Tuesday and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Terry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsMay 16th, 2018Related News

Celtics overcome James 40-point triple-double, take 2-0 lead

BOSTON, MA - MAY 15: Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics reacts after dunking the ball in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Final.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 16th, 2018Related News

Celtics survive James’ attack race to 2-0 East Series lead

LOS ANGELES — Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics overcame a 42-point performance from LeBron James to beat Cleveland 107-94 on Tuesday and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Terry Rozier added 18 points, while Al Horford finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who improved […] The post Celtics survive James’ attack race to 2-0 East Series lead appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsMay 16th, 2018Related News

Celtics survive LeBron James attack to take 2-0 series lead

  LOS ANGELES, United States (UPDATED) – Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics overcame a 42-point performance from LeBron James to beat Cleveland 107-94 on Tuesday, May 15 (Wednesday, May 16 in Manila) and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Terry Rozier added ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 16th, 2018Related News

Celtics gooning the game up, says Cavs coach

   LOS ANGELES, United States – Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue referred to the Boston players as "goons" after the Celtics took a 2-0 lead over his Cavaliers in the NBA Eastern Conference finals. Lue said his team needs to be more physical as the Celtics dumped the Cavaliers, 107-94, despite the 42-point, triple-double performance ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 16th, 2018Related News

Celtics survive 42-point night by LeBron, down Cavs 107-94

Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 on Tuesday night (Wednesday in Manila) and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 16th, 2018Related News

PSEi bucks regional downtrend on positive earnings results

The stock market rallied yesterday after a long weekend, bucking sluggish regional markets behind a slew of positive corporate earnings results......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceMay 16th, 2018Related News

Kings’ Cauley-Stein wishes for a Rockets-Celtics finals

MANILA, Philippines – Someone is not looking forward to Warriors-Cavs Part 4. Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein told reporters that he is looking forward to an NBA Finals matchup between the Houston Rockets and the Boston Celtics during his first-ever visit to the Philippines for the Jr NBA program, Tuesday, May ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 15th, 2018Related News

LeBron has zero concern after Cavs lopsided Game 1 loss

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, looks to make a move against Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Final.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 15th, 2018Related News

Celts draw first blood

Pound listless Cavaliers NEW YORK (AFP) - Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and Al Horford added 20 to power the Boston Celtics over Cleveland 108-83 Sunday, humbling LeBron James and his Cavaliers teammates in their NBA playoff series opener. The Celtics seized the lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals,….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsMay 14th, 2018Related News

Boston strangle

The assignment for Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris in his first start this postseason was easy to explain but nearly impossible to execute......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 14th, 2018Related News

No LeBron worries despite Celtics playoff rout of Cavs

NEW YORK — LeBron James says he’s not worried after the Cleveland Cavaliers were routed, 108-83, Sunday by the Boston Celtics in the opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. But the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, trying to reach his eighth consecutive NBA Finals, admits the Cavaliers need to make some changes before […] The post No LeBron worries despite Celtics playoff rout of Cavs appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: FinanceMay 14th, 2018Related News