The Cleveland Cavaliers, coming into the Eastern Conference Finals with all the momentum in the world after sweeping the Toronto Raptors, look to claim their fourth consecutive Eastern Conference Championship.
The Cavaliers once again did not have home court advantage in the ECF, and that greatly affected them, especially the role players who struggled on the road at TD Garden.
Here are recaps for each game of the series.
Game 1, Cleveland 83, Boston 108 — LeBron James and company did not have a great game, especially on the offensive end. The Cavs only made four three’s on the whole day. The Celtics on the other hand, shot 51.2 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from three. Kevin Love had 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists. LeBron James had 15 points, nine assists, seven rebounds two blocks and also seven turnovers. Jaylen Brown had 23 points, eight rebounds, one assist, block and steal. Markieff Morris had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Al Horford had 20 points, six assists, four rebounds and two blocks.
Game 2, Cleveland 94, Boston 107 — The Cavaliers played a better game, but the Celtics just eventually pulled away in the end. The Cavaliers shot 46.2 percent from the field and shot 32.3 percent from three point range. LeBron James had 42 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds, one block and six turnovers. Kevin Love had 22 points, 15 rebounds and two assists. Kyle Korver had 11 points and one rebound. Jaylen Brown had 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal. Terry Rozier had 18 points, six rebounds and two assists. The Celtics shot 43.5 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from three point range.
Game 3, Boston 86, Cleveland 116 — The Cavaliers played a much better game on both ends of the floor, especially their role players as well. Home court really does make a huge difference. LeBron James had 27 points, 12 assists, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Kyle Korver had 14 points and two rebounds. Kevin Love had 14 rebounds, 13 points, four assists and one steal. Overall, the Cavaliers had six players that scored in double figures. A drastic change from games one and two. The Cavaliers shot 48.7 percent from the field and 50 percent from three point range. The Celtics shot 39.2 percent from the field and 27.3 percent from three point range. The Celtics just made only six three’s on the night.
Game 4, Boston 102, Cleveland 111 — The Cavaliers once again won a crucial to tie the series before it shifts back to Boston. The Cavs role players once again played extremely well. LeBron James had 44 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Kyle Korver had 14 points, four rebounds and three blocks. He played stellar defense on the night, especially on Jaylen Brown. Tristan Thompson had a double-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal. George Hill had 13 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Kevin Love had 11 rebounds, nine points and three assists. The Cavs shot 50.6 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from three. The Cavs won this game despite having 18 turnovers. Boston shot 41.2 percent from the field and 32.1 percent from three.
Game 5, Cleveland 83, Boston 96 — Home court advantage proved once again to be very important in these ECF. The Cavaliers did not play a very great game on the offensive end. Their defense is what kept them in it. The Celtics eventually would pull away when the Cavaliers were starting to cut into a 20 point lead. LeBron James had 26 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, six turnovers and one steal. Kevin Love had 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. The Cavs shot 41.9 percent from the field and 26.5 percent from three point range. Boston shot 36.5 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three point range. Jayson Tatum led the team with 24 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks.
Game 6, Cleveland 109, Boston 99 — The Cavaliers got off to a slow start in the first quarter and were down five after one. However, the Cavaliers eventually turned it on and won the game. If this was LeBron James last home game in Cleveland, he sure went out in style. He finished with 46 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and one block. George Hill finished with 20 points, three assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block. Jeff Green also had 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Larry Nance Jr. had 10 points, seven rebounds, two steals and one assist. The Cavs shot 47.1 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three. Boston shot 51.4 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three. The Cavs force a game seven. The biggest cause for concern is for Kevin Love, who left the game early due to a concussion on a collision with Jayson Tatum. He has been placed in concussion protocol and is out for game seven.
Game 7, Cleveland 87, Boston 79 — The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics to advance the NBA Finals for their fourth straight year. The Cavs did it without Kevin Love, who was out with a concussion. The role players finally showed up and played well in Boston. Jeff Green had 19 points and eight rebounds on the night. JR Smith had 12 points and four rebounds. Tristan Thompson had 10 points and nine rebounds. George Hill had six points, two assists and rebounds.LeBron James had a monster game and had 35 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and two blocks. The Cavs shot 45.5 percent from the field and 25.7 percent from three. Boston shot 34.1 percent from the field and shot 17.9 percent from three.