The Cavs and Celtics do battle in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight with the series at 2-1 – Boston leading. Cleveland dominated Game 3 with a convincing 116-86 win on the home floor. Tonight’s game will be played in Cleveland as well.
There is certainly pressure for both sides, no one can dispute that fact. However, which team is feeling the burn most?
For the Cavs, they cannot afford to fall down 3-1 with two of the final three games on the road. Although, I won’t count them out completely until the Celtics win that fourth game. Boston does not want to head home with the series tied at 2-2 and all of the pressure on them to win a Game 5 against a LeBron-led team with the momentum.
The Celtics have more pressure on them tonight, even with the series lead at 2-1.
Cleveland has been here before. The Cavs were down 3-1 to the Warriors in the 2016 Finals and came back to win. They were also down twice in the opening series against Indiana and still managed to win that tough series.
I expect the young and talented Boston team with a bright future in the Eastern Conference to fold under the pressure of the playoffs.
I said “Cavs in six” from the beginning and I’m sticking with it. That means winning four in a row (now three in a row) and I am confident the team will do it.
LeBron needs to get everyone else involved before going to work himself. Toss it to Kevin Love in the post a few times, get JR Smith and George Hill and few open looks and then the same with Kyle Korver when he comes off the bench. The defense will be good again tonight, I’m sure of it. Most importantly, get the early lead and never look back. Finally, come out strong in the third quarter.