Cleveland Cavaliers – Boston Celtics; Game 5 preview


Going into tonight’s closeout Game Five against the Boston Celtics, LeBron James looks to not only improve his record in closeout games to 31-9 but also break records set by other all-time great.

Should LeBron and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Celtics tonight, he would surpass Wilt Chamberlain in all-time wins over Boston in the playoffs, he is currently tied with him at 20 each.

If James can score more than 28 points tonight, he becomes the leading scorer in NBA playoff history, overtaking Michael Jordan in career playoff scoring.

Oh, and a he will also appear in his seventh straight NBA Finals, eighth overall, to try and bring a second ring back to Cleveland.

Tonight he will face the scrappy trio of Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, and Jae Crowder once more and many expect his slow start last game and subsequently his awful performance in Game Three to be things of the past.

Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson are dominating the glass and Love looks as good as he ever has in a Cav’s uniform.

If the big three show up to defend the land tonight, I don’t think Boston will be able to stop them.

Key players for Cleveland are of course the trio of superstars that squad is built around. If anything close to what they produced last game happens again, Boston will be at home watching the Finals and preparing for the draft.

Boston needs Smart, Kelly Olynyk, and Al Horford to be big on the offensive end, Bradley and Crowder showed up last time, but they need more than just two guys,

Bonus points to anyone who tweets me, @XJustified,  how many points Jonas Jerebko has by the end of tonight. The Swede might be the hero Boston both needs and deserves.

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