Celtics (23-34) @ Cavaliers (37-24)
Coming off possibly one of the most physically and mentally exhausting regular season game in recent years, the Cavaliers travel back to Cleveland for a game against Boston. The Cavs will look to get a lift from returning point guard Kyrie Irving. The 4th year guard usually has his best games against Boston. Kyrie averages 23.8 PPG for his career against the Celtics.
Boston on the other hand, is coming off one of their worst 4th quarter performances in years. The Celtics had a good control on their game against the NBA’s best Warriors, including a 26 point lead at one point. Owning an extremely comfortable lead going into the 4th quarter, the Celtics were outscored 31-15, ultimately losing their once 26 point lead.
Boston, one of the worst teams in the NBA on the road with a record of 9-18, is due for a test against the Wine and Gold. After practically giving away a game to the Houston Rockets, look for Cleveland to come out swinging. The home team suffered their first two game losing streak last night for the first time since January 13th. The Cavaliers started the post All-Star break with a four game winning streak, but have lost their last two games.
The Cavaliers only game this season against the Celtics was one of the better games this season. Cleveland, down by double digits most of the 4th quarter, crawled back into the game and squeaked out a one point victory behind 41 points from LeBron, and 27 points from Irving. After Tuesday’s contest against the Bean Town Celtics, the Cavaliers will finish out their last two games against the Celtics in late April. (April 10, 12)
Here are some things you need to know before watching:
Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers – Quicken Loans Arena
Game start: 7:00 P.M. EST. Cavaliers TV- FSO. Celtics TV- CSNHD
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Kyrie Irving: 21.7 PPG, 5.2 APG, 3.3 RPG, 46.4 % FG
SG: J.R. Smith: 11.7 PPG, 3.1 APG, 2.9 RPG, 40.6 % FG
SF: LeBron James: 26.2 PPG, 7.2 APG, 5.8 RPG, 48.9 % FG
PF: Kevin Love: 17.0 PPG, 2.3 APG, 10.2 RPG, 42.9 % FG
C: Timofey Mozgov: 9.3 PPG, 0.6 APG, 7.9 RPG, 54.1 % FG
PG: Marcus Smart: 7.5 PPG, 3.5 APG, 3.0 RPG, 37.5 % FG
SG: Avery Bradley: 14.0 PPG, 1.6 APG, 2.9 RPG, 43.2 % FG
SF: Evan Turner: 8.7 PPG, 4.9 APG, 5.1 RPG, 41.2 % FG
PF: Brandon Bass: 9.9 PPG, 1.1 APG, 4.5 RPG, 47.8 % FG
C: Tyler Zeller: 9.9 PPG, 1.4 APG, 5.6 RPG, 54.6 % FG
Matchup to watch for:
Returning from a two game absence due to a sprained shoulder, Kyrie Irving looks to torch the Boston Celtics. Irving has been known to go off on the Celtics throughout his career, including a game winning layup against them in his first season as a pro. So far, Irving has a career average of 23.8 PPG against the Celtics.
Going up against an experienced point guard, Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart will look to try and hold his own against Kyrie. Smart won’t be alone though. Newly acquired bench spark plug Isaiah Thomas is averaging 15.9 PPG for the season, but is averaging 21.8 PPG in his first five games so far in a Celtics uniform. Thomas has not been known to come off the bench in his career, but had been consistently coming off the bench for PHX earlier in the season, and now for the Celtics putting up starter-like numbers. Kyrie has not played against the combo of Smart and Thomas, Rajon Rondo has been the Celtics point guard every time Kyrie has played the Celtics. (Rondo was traded in mid-December)
- Anderson Varajao: Season
- Brendan Haywood: Day to Day
- Shawn Marion: Out Min. 2 Weeks
- Kyrie Irving: Expected to play Tuesday against Boston
- Kelly Olynyk: Day to Day
- Jared Sullinger: Season
- Cavaliers 6-4 in last 10.
- Celtics 6-4 in last 10.
- Celtics reeling since lost of Jared Sullinger for season.
- LeBron scored 41 last meeting with Celtics.
- Irving scored 27 last meeting with Celtics.
- Cavaliers look to avoid first three game losing streak since January 13th.
- Cavaliers first matchup against Celtics with “New Team.”