Game John Moore Jersey Just like that, all the consternation over how the Cavaliers closed the regular season had almost done melting away, if it hadn’t already. Remember how they finished 6-9 in coughing up the top seed in the East? Remember how they allowed 111.4 points on 47.4 percent shooting in those games? Remember the struggles against the pick-and-roll? The outcome Wednesday erased all that.
The Cavs blew through their first two series, sweeping Indiana and Toronto, and arrived in the conference finals with a 9.6-point average margin of victory to their credit. The offense was a juggernaut and the defense had rediscovered its footing. The Celtics, meanwhile, limped in following a seven-gamer against the Wizards. So this blowout was building.
Game Christian Okoye Jersey All that was left for Cleveland was to reclaim the home-court advantage it had lost to Boston a month ago. Mission accomplished on that.
The star, as usual, was LeBron James, who easily coasted past or over a slew of hapless Celtics defenders for 38 points on 14-for-24 shooting. Kevin Love provided his best support of these playoffs, scoring 32 points and making 9 of 16 3-point attempts, most of which came without a Celtic within a broom’s length (sorry, sweep reference) on defense.
LA Clippers — Retain their first rounder if 1-14 (otherwise it goes to Orlando/Toronto via Milwaukee and Toronto): Straight forward lottery protection. The Clippers are in the playoffs, so their choice goes to the Magic after sending it to Milwaukee alongside Jared Dudley in a 2014 salary dump. Straight lottery protection does not alter a team’s decision-making since a playoff berth typically has much more significance.