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Celtics Crown Cavaliers in Cleveland

Tatum and Brown Guided Boston Past an Ineffective Cleveland Roster

Regaining Confidence

In NBA news, the Boston Celtics regained the form that saw them win the most NBA games during the 2023-2024 regular season and rebound from a shocking Game 2 loss to a dominating Game 3 victory over the Cavaliers.

 

Celtics Crown Cavaliers in Cleveland
Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics | Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Trading Blowouts

This second-round series between the Celtics and Cavaliers has been one of extremes. In the series opener, Boston dominated from start to finish and ended with a 25-point Game 1 blowout win against their overwhelmed opponents from Cleveland.

However, the following game was a stark reversal of fortune for the Celtics as they went from the predators to the prey, losing by 24 points in front of the fan friendlies at the TD Garden in Boston. The series was now tied at one game apiece and the C’s had lost home-court advantage with a trip to the Cavaliers’ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse looming.

Ironically, this scenario was eerily reminiscent of the opening round in which Boston also dropped Game 2 to Miami before winning the next two contests, securing a 4-1 series victory. But NBA rumors began circulating that a rift had developed in the C’s locker room after the embarrassing loss on Thursday night which portended a Cleveland upset.

Dynamic Duo Power Celtics

If there was any disharmony in the Boston locker room, it was nowhere to be found on the court this weekend as the Celtics’ offense came out firing in the opening quarter while their defense kicked in for the remaining three quarters. When the dust settled, the Celtics rolled to a 106-93 victory and have now taken a 2-1 series lead.

 

We don’t come to Cleveland for the weather, so let’s go,” said Jaylen Brown, who went 13 of 17 from the field. “There’s nothing complicated about it: Play defense and the rest will take care of itself. We could have done better, but we kept them under 100.

Although Boston’s defense was a story unto itself, it would be impossible to ignore the offensive heroics of Boston’s twin terrors. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown’s stats saw the former bucketing 33 points while the latter scored 28 in the C’s 13-point victory.

Boston has been playing without their starting center, Kristaps Porzingis, who has been sidelined with a calf injury since exiting early in Game 4 against Miami. However, Cleveland has also been missing their starting big man since the series commenced as Jarrett Allen also went down coincidentally after his team’s Game 4 against Orlando.

But a troubling sight late in Game 3 could spell doom and gloom for the Cavaliers as their resident superstar, Donovan Mitchell, appeared to reaggravate a knee injury in the fourth quarter and was pulled from the game after the outcome had become a foregone conclusion.

Mitchell’s status for Game 4 is unknown as of this writing but should he be unable to play, the odds would be well-stacked against the Cavaliers mounting a comeback in this series.

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