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NBA : First Half Matchup
Sunday 5/21/2017Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



BOSTON (61 - 36) at CLEVELAND (61 - 31)
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Sunday, 5/21/2017 8:30 PM
Eastern Conference - Finals - Best of 7 - Game 3 - CLE Leads 2-0
Board First Half
BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games61-36+1.949-4644-47107.652.245.5%49.6105.551.545.2%53.7
Road Games26-21+227-1817-28105.651.045.1%48.4104.549.845.3%54.0
Last 5 Games2-3-13-23-2103.846.446.1%47.6109.056.046.1%54.4
Playoff Games8-7-39-68-6105.549.545.9%46.9106.153.546.1%54.0
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)107.652.239-8545.5%12-3436.0%18-2380.1%50926218134
vs opponents surrendering105.653.139-8645.8%10-2735.8%18-2377.1%511023208135
Team Stats (Road Games)105.651.038-8445.1%12-3434.6%18-2379.8%48824218124
Stats Against (All Games)105.551.539-8645.2%9-2733.2%19-2577.3%541123208135
vs opponents averaging105.453.139-8645.7%9-2635.6%18-2377.3%521022208135
Stats Against (Road Games)104.549.838-8445.3%9-2633.1%20-2677.1%541122207145

CLEVELAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games61-31-2.542-4554-38111.056.747.3%51.9106.752.845.7%51.2
Home Games35-10+4.621-2127-18113.158.148.5%53.3104.851.844.8%49.9
Last 5 Games5-0+54-03-2119.261.051.6%50.897.843.844.3%45.8
Playoff Games10-0+106-27-3116.360.349.7%50.6102.951.045.1%48.8
CLEVELAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)111.056.740-8547.3%13-3438.9%18-2475.0%52923187134
vs opponents surrendering105.35339-8545.6%10-2735.7%18-2377.4%521023208135
Team Stats (Home Games)113.158.141-8548.5%13-3339.3%18-2473.1%531025177135
Stats Against (All Games)106.752.841-8945.7%10-2835.9%15-2077.4%511125217124
vs opponents averaging105.152.739-8545.6%9-2635.6%18-2377.6%511022208135
Stats Against (Home Games)104.851.840-8944.8%10-2836.1%15-1978.5%501125217124
Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 95.8,  CLEVELAND 95.2
BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
4/21/2017@ CHICAGO104-87W-2.5W205.5U41-8647.7%431233-8439.3%5517
4/23/2017@ CHICAGO104-95W-1.5W203U38-8146.9%481332-7642.1%5012
4/28/2017@ CHICAGO105-83W-3W203.5U39-8048.7%50932-8139.5%4913
5/4/2017@ WASHINGTON89-116L5.5L218U27-7735.1%501643-9246.7%609
5/7/2017@ WASHINGTON102-121L5L214.5O35-7944.3%391844-8452.4%5419
5/12/2017@ WASHINGTON91-92L5.5W214.5U32-7940.5%471037-8643.0%5912
5/21/2017@ CLEVELAND              
5/23/2017@ CLEVELAND              

CLEVELAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
4/20/2017@ INDIANA119-114W-1.5W210O39-8744.8%54838-9540.0%659
4/23/2017@ INDIANA106-102W-4T213.5U37-9041.1%581341-8846.6%5314
5/5/2017@ TORONTO115-94W-3W215U39-7651.3%581638-8743.7%334
5/7/2017@ TORONTO109-102W-7T210O39-8247.6%441040-8547.1%4812
5/17/2017@ BOSTON117-104W-3.5W218.5O39-8148.1%53841-8846.6%5114
5/19/2017@ BOSTON130-86W-5W218.5U48-8556.5%521232-8637.2%4820
BOSTON: BACKCOURT: It's hard to believe PG Isaiah Thomas was once a bench player for this team, as he proved himself to be the lifeblood of the Celtics offense in making the All-Star team last year. In SG Avery Bradley and PG Marcus Smart, Boston has two of the best defending guards in the league. If Smart can learn to shoot as well as Bradley, his ceiling goes up considerably. Second-year PG Terry Rozier took strides over the summer and will see minutes this season. . . . FRONTCOURT: While Danny Ainge couldn't quite lure KD to Boston, C Al Horford is by no means a consolation prize. He fits perfectly in the offense and instantly becomes the team's best player. SF Jae Crowder is the perfect mentor for rookie SF Jaylen Brown, as both are gritty defenders with the ability to put the ball in the basket. People seem to have forgotten about PF Kelly Olynyk, who's become a better offensive player every season. . . . BOTTOM LINE: The Celtics added a four-time All-Star and an NBA-ready rookie to a team that won 48 games last season. Throughout his career, Brad Stevens has led his teams to overachieve. It will be interesting to see what that means for a Boston team that's now loaded with talent.
CLEVELAND: BACKCOURT: PG Kyrie Irving became an instant legend with his Finals-winning shot in Game 7 last year. While he didn't lack for confidence before, that added status will benefit a player who needs to play different roles at different times. SG J.R. Smith, too, is viewed through a new lens now that he's a champion. Smith came up huge for the Cavs in last year's Finals and hasn't put on a shirt since. SG Iman Shumpert really needs to improve his shooting. . . . FRONTCOURT: Basic knowledge of the human body tells us that SF LeBron James has to slow down sometime, but he's shown few actual signs of doing so. Continuing to rest him in the regular season would be very wise of coach Tyronn Lue. It's easy to forget how bad things got with PF Kevin Love last year, but we'll see if his defense on Steph Curry really did heal the situation. When it counts, C Tristan Thompson performs his low-post role to perfection. . . . BOTTOM LINE: With a full offseason as head coach of strategizing under his belt, Lue should be able to create a monster out of a group that few remember seemed lost at times last year. But don't be surprised if James sees more rest than ever.
Celtics face deeper hole minus top scorer vs. Cavs

CLEVELAND -- Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas is done for the playoffs with the right hip injury that cost him the second half of a 44-point loss in Game 2 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Celtics announced Saturday that Thomas, their leading scorer, was out after reaggravating a "right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear."

Even if he had returned to Game 2 with his hip strain, or if he could've played against the Cavaliers on Sunday in the third game of this lopsided Eastern Conference final, Thomas alone is not enough to bridge the gap between Cleveland and Boston.

LeBron James and the Cavs have so thoroughly dominated the series they now lead 2-0, with Game 3 headed for their building at 8:30 p.m. ET

"Not 44 points' worth," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Friday after his team's historic 130-86 loss to Cleveland in Game 2, when asked if a healthy Thomas could've made a difference. "But I don't want to put that on any one guy. I think ultimately they were terrific, we were poor. You've got to be able to pick up the slack certainly when other guys aren't available. But they were tremendous.

"They've taken advantage of us both nights."

Celtics team physician Dr. Brian McKeon said, "Isaiah has worked tirelessly to manage this injury since it first occurred" in March, and "the swelling increased during the first two games against Cleveland, and in order to avoid more significant long-term damage to his hip, we could no longer allow him to continue."

Marcus Smart started the second half of Game 2 in place of Thomas.

The Cavaliers' win in Game 2 was the most lopsided in Eastern Conference finals and in franchise history. It was also the worst playoff loss for Boston -- the most decorated franchise in the NBA -- at home in team history.

James notched his eighth straight playoff game of at least 30 points, and did it in a 2017 playoff-low 33 minutes.

The Cavs won the first two games in this series by an average of 28.5 points. Sure, the number was skewed by the 44-pointer Friday in Game 2, but Game 1 really wasn't close, either.

Thomas aggravated the hip strain in Game 6 of Boston's conference semifinal win over Washington. He was limited to two points in Game 2, and in Game 1 scored 17 on 7-of-19 shooting from the field.

Already overmatched, Boston seems incapable of competing with a healthy Cavs bunch without Thomas and the 28.9 points per game he averaged during the regular season.

"He's not second-team All-NBA for no reason, top three in the league in scoring," Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. "So he's a tough cover. The things they run for him put you in bad positions and tough positions, especially with Al Horford being a stretch five. That's why I'm pleased most of all with our defense and how we just kept reacting and kept moving and kept scrambling."

Lue was in no mood after Friday's win to look past this series.

"I don't care if you win by 200 points," Lue said. "It's one game, and we know this team is a very scrappy team."

The Celtics, after all, did lose the first two games at home to Chicago in the first round and recovered to win the series in six games. Of course, the Bulls lost Rajon Rondo to a broken thumb in Game 2 and the Celtics had Thomas at full tilt, playing like crazy to honor the memory of his sister who died in an auto accident.

This is a totally different scenario. It usually is when James is involved.

James is 73 points from passing Michael Jordan as the NBA's leading scorer in the playoffs. Hem has scored at least 25 points in every game this postseason and is trying to become the first since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1970 to score 30 in nine straight playoff games.

James is 20-0 when he leads 2-0 in a playoff series. The Cavs are 14-0. Together, they need one more win to set an NBA record for consecutive postseason wins, and would become only the third team in league history to start the playoffs 11-0.

"We can get better," James said. "That's the positive for our ballclub. There's no complacency with us right now. There shouldn't be. It's the postseason. But we like where we're headed and the direction we're headed right now."

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