#DefendTheLand: Guide to Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Cavaliers’ third consecutive trip to the Eastern Conference Finals will begin away from Quicken Loans Arena, as they will take on the No. 1 seed in the East, the Boston Celtics, in a best-of-seven series starting Wednesday.

The Cavaliers became the first team in the 2017 NBA Playoffs to clinch a spot in the conference finals when they closed out a four-game sweep of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a 109-102 win in Game 4 at Air Canada Centre on Sunday, May 7.

With the win, the Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to record back-to-back four-game sweeps over the first two rounds of the playoffs in consecutive seasons. The Cavaliers have won 11 straight postseason games dating back to Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals at the Golden State Warriors.

The Celtics (8-5) earned their way to the Eastern Conference Finals by posting a 115-105 victory over the Washington Wizards in Game 7 of the semifinals at TD Garden in Boston Monday night. The Celtics and Wizards traded wins at home throughout all seven games of the series.

Over the first two rounds of the postseason, the Celtics have lost twice at home, to the Chicago Bulls in the quarterfinals, and three times in Washington in the semifinals.

Schedule:

Game 1: Wednesday, May 17, 8:30 p.m. (in Boston)

Game 2: Friday, May 19, 8:30 p.m. (in Boston)

Game 3: Sunday, May 21, 8:30 p.m. (in Cleveland)

Game 4: Tuesday, May 23, 8:30 p.m. (in Cleveland)

Game 5: Thursday, May 25, 8:30 p.m. (in Boston)*

Game 6: Saturday, May 27, 8:30 p.m. (in Cleveland)*

Game 7: Monday, May 29, 8:30 p.m. (in Boston)*

*-If Necessary

Watch parties

When the Cavaliers are in Boston, fans can still cheer them on from deep in The Q. The arena is hosting watch parties for games 1 and 2 in which fans can watch the game on the jumbotron.

Tickets are $5 and all proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. Click here to purchase.

In the past

During the regular season, the Cavaliers won three of their four games against the Celtics, including a 114-91 victory at TD Garden on April 5. Maligned for their play throughout the month of March and beginning of April, the Cavaliers converted 43 of their 92 attempts, including 11 three-point attempts and 17 of their 18 free throws in the lopsided win.

The Cavaliers held a 51-38 advantage in rebounds, had 19 assists against 10 turnovers, stole seven passes and blocked five shots on the way to the dominating victory.

Cleveland’s lone loss to the Celtics was a 103-99 decision at TD Garden on March 1.

© 2017 WKYC-TV


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