Well, I’m not sure if anybody saw this one coming but the Boston Celtics are heading to Cleveland Ohio with a 2-0 series lead over Lebron James and the Cavaliers. The Celtics were able to do what they needed to do, winning both games and continuing their perfect record at home during the playoffs (9-0). On the other hand, Lebron James is not getting the help he needs from his supporting staff. In game two he scored 42 points for a triple double and his team was unable to get the win. The other players on the Cavs really need to step up if they want to come back and win this series.
As the series shifts to Ohio, there are a couple of things that need to be taken into account. One is the fact that the Celtics have only won a single game on the road this entire playoff year. A game that was almost lost at the buzzer because of a Marco Belinelli shot which they counted as a two to tie the game, not a three which would have won it for Philadelphia. So all in all the games that the Celtics have played on the road this postseason have been close, so this game is really a toss up.
If the Cavaliers want to win game three they are going to have to get other players to contribute besides Lebron James. Lebron is an obvious factor. Yes, he is going to have to be on his A game if they want to win but the supporting cast around him really needs to step it up. Guys like Kevin Love and J.R Smith (who is lucky to even be playing in game 3) are really going to have to give it their all in this game because, as we saw in game 2, the Lebron one man show is not going to work against the Celtics.
For the Celtics it is going to be a tough challenge going into Cleveland trying to win a game, especially looking at their playoff road record. In order to win game three they are going to have to play the same way they played for all of game one and in the second half of game two. They need to play solid defense along with making consistent buckets on the offensive end. Marcus Morris has done a decent job on covering Lebron in the first two games and he will have to continue his tremendous defense if the Celtics are going to steal a game in Cleveland.
The Cavs are obviously going to come out on Saturday night with their hair on fire. The question is can Lebron get his supporting cast to start producing points; and the question for the Celtics is will they be able to come out and play great defense like they have in the first two games and steal a game in Ohio. It is shaping up to be an exciting game on Saturday night in Cleveland Ohio.