Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

IN NUMBERS: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics

IN NUMBERS: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics

SIX days of rest may have energized LeBron James once more, restoring in all probability his venom that was essentially the chief ingredient in Cleveland dismissing in and Toronto in succession in the Cavs' march to the NBA Eastern Finals.

It could have been expected back in October, after the Celtics' bolstered their roster with the additions of Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving, whose departure from Cleveland left a sizeable hole next to LeBron James.

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"I haven't reflected on it, but I do know that this is my eighth straight conference finals, and I do have an opportunity to play for a championship if I'm able to be successful in this conference finals, so I don't take that for granted", James said before the team travelled to Boston for today's Game 1 matchup at TD Garden.

While Game 1 most certainly won't be the end-all for the Cavaliers or the Celtics, it will gauge much of this series. In fact, the trade of the number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins in exchange for double double specialist Kevin Love back in 2014 set a precedent of how much the multiple National Basketball Association champion values proven commodities over budding talent. He also ranks second in three-pointers made (346), behind Ray Allen (385), and third in assists. Despite their raft of injuries, the Celtics still managed to take down the Philadelphia 76ers, thanks in large part to the coaching masterclass put on by head coach Brad Stevens. But take a step a back and look at the situation.

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Sticking with the Celtics' young guns, 20-year-old Jayson Tatum has scored at least 20 points in 7 straight playoff games, culminating with a 25-point outing in Game 5's ouster of the Sixers. Al Horford has been superb at both ends of the court in this year's playoff, producing clutch plays against the 76ers to help seal a comprehensive 4-1 series victory. One of the unsung heroes of that series was Kevin Love, who averaged 20.5 points per game compared to just 11.4 in their first-round tussle with the Indiana Pacers. The 6-foot-2 guard is the latest example of a breakout player drafted outside of the lottery by Celtics general manager Danny Ainge.

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