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Refs missed 2 late calls in Boston-Philly game

Refs missed 2 late calls in Boston-Philly game Refs missed 2 late calls in Boston-Philly game
Sergio Cook | 13 May, 2018, 01:11

Not surprisingly, they are favored to win still another title this season.

It's quite the opposite, actually. "We feel very confident with our second unit, playing them, going against whoever, Whether it's Cleveland, Indiana, whoever it is". They're thinking championship and they don't care who thinks they're a longshot. Danny Ainge has done a good job of getting guys in that fit that mold of Celtics basketball and they've been playing well.

Rozier, who was instrumental in helping the Celtics brush aside the Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 in their Eastern Conference semi-final series, is averaging 18.2 points, 5.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game in the postseason this term. For some of them - Dario Saric, T.J. McConnell and Robert Covington are the only other players among the playoff rotation nearly certain to come back - there are athletic limitations to their development.

The Boston Celtics are perfectly content with the familiar role of underdog heading into the Eastern Conference finals against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The C's will host the Cavs in Game 1 Sunday at 3:30 p.m. "Obviously, with Kyrie and Gordon and the injuries with those two big guys, but he has gotten the most out of everybody he has ever put in his position since he's gotten to Boston". That notion was essentially solidified when Irving was ruled out for the postseason after undergoing knee surgery.

There are a couple of other obvious differences in this meeting with Cleveland than past years.

Since Celtics coach Brad Stevens' first playoff team was swept by Cleveland in the first round in 2015, the list is deep of defenders assigned to James: Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder, Brandon Bass, Gerald Wallace, Jaylen Brown and Horford. But that was before Marcus Morris entered the equation. It's been that way since Gordon Hayward was injured on opening night of the regular season in Cleveland. "It was a steal when they drafted him out of Louisville, and he's just showcasing his abilities". "But I've seen the way that these guys prepare, I've seen the way that they train and they want to be great and they understand that it's bigger than them. It exposed individual weaknesses and team weaknesses, and we all have to learn from that".

The Celtics doubters have been stubborn.

Tatum is the second rookie this post-season to notch seven straight 20-plus point play-off games.

However, things are a lot different on the court for the four-time MVP victor when he is marked by one certain Celtics star, and it will be interesting to see if Boston's head coach Brad Stevens utilizes him in this way.

It's hard to process how much has changed for these teams since they played last May.

The disrespect has been everywhere, and the Celtics have feasted on it. We weren't going to just let the teams come in and punk us. "Coming here from Miami (Philadelphia's first-round opponent) was completely different. I think he's going to thrive (in this series)".

People wondered if the Celtics could've won the series if IT didn't got down.

The Celtics assembled a superteam in the off-season to threaten Cleveland's reign in the East, in part thanks to a major trade with the Cavaliers that has not brought a lasting impact. He's looking to join some Celtics legends by making it to eight straight NBA Finals. James' production obscures the rest of the playoff field. He's responded by averaging 34.3 points, 9.0 assists and 9.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 55.3% on a whopping 23 shots a night.

Throw in notorious Celtics killer Kevin Love and this figures to be a challenging task for Boston.

The Boston Celtics have been mining possibility out of improbable odds throughout the 2017-2018 season.

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