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ECF game one preview: Cleveland Cavaliers @ Boston Celtics

The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics will once again face each other in the Eastern Conference Finals later this afternoon in Boston. Tipoff is set for 3:30 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

The Cavs last game was Monday and the Celtics last game was Wednesday. It will be interesting to see which team comes out aggressive from the start.

The LeBron James and the Cavs needed this much time off. It will be interesting to see how they come out later today against Boston and see if they match Boston’s energy and intensity early on.

This is the eighth time in franchise history the Cavs are in the Eastern Conference Finals, and they are now in the ECF for the fourth straight year since James returned to Cleveland in 2014.

The Celtics are without superstars, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward who have season ending injuries. But, the Cavaliers-Celtics ECF is the highest in this decade, according to TicketIQ.com. You can read more on it here.

Here are the probable starters for both the Cavs and Celtics for game one via the Cavs.com preview.

Cleveland Cavaliers (0-0)

(G) George Hill, (G) Kyle Korver, (F) LeBron James, (F) JR Smith, (C) Kevin Love.

Injuries — None.

Boston Celtics (0-0)

(G) Terry Rozier, (G) Jaylen Brown, (F) Jayson Tatum, (F) Al Horford, (C) Aron Baynes.

Injuries — Kyrie Irving (OUT), Gordon Hayward (OUT), Shane Larkin (OUT) and Daniel Theis (OUT).

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