NBA Post Season
Eastern Conference Finals, Game – 5, Series is tied at 2-2
CLE VS BOS DREAM11 MATCH PREVIEW:
The pressure flips back to Boston Celtics after Cleveland Cavaliers pounded them 111-102 in the 4th game at Quicken Loans Arena and tied the series 2-2 in the Eastern Conference finals.
This still looks quite surreal to think after what happened in the game 2 at TD Garden. The Cavs were so pathetic in that game that all the players spent the 2nd half standing around and doing nothing as if they were waiting for some divine intervention. But even their god-like figure LeBron James couldn't inspire them and eventually, the Cavs saw their 7-point half-time lead turning into a 13-point loss at the end of that game.
Now fast forward two games, and it's Cavaliers once again, scripting yet another comeback story. Though this series may not have the buzzer-beater performance from James which we witnessed in the 1st round against Indiana Pacers, it just reminded us that when LeBron James comes into a must-win game, he becomes an unsolvable problem.
But why the 4-time MVP winner is an enigma in big games? Take a look at these stats –
In the 4th game against Boston Celtics, he scored a magnificent 44 points to help his team win the game. This was the 6th time that James had a 40+ game this postseason alone. The 33-year-old forward also racked up 13 points in the paint, which was his 2nd most in his playoff career.
His record against the most decorated franchise in NBA is at par with most of the legendary figures. LeBron has scored 30-points or more in the playoff games 22 times and also has 40-point playoff games against the glorious Greens, moving into Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West territory.
This game also saw him moving past the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the field-goal in the postseason, he has a total of 2,357 field goals (in 5 fewer games). He already has the most points and steals among anyone in playoff history. Isn't he the best already?
An Enigma, for sure.
When: Thursday, May 24, 06:00 AM IST
Where: TD Garden, Boston
Regular Season Record-
Boston Celtics – Win – 55, Loss – 27
Cleveland Cavaliers – Win – 52, Loss – 30
Top Performer (Post Season) –
For Boston Celtics:
|Points Per Game||Jayson Tatum||18.0|
|Rebounds per Game||Al Horford||8.3|
|Assists Per Game||Terry Rozier||5.8|
For Cleveland Cavaliers-
|Points Per Game||LeBron James||33.7|
|Rebounds per Game||Kevin Love||10.6|
|Assists Per Game||LeBron James||9.0|
CLE VS BOS DREAM11 TEAM NEWS: Injury and Game Time Decision
Cleveland Cavaliers don't have any issues in this department.
Kyrie Irving will miss this game with a knee injury he suffered during the regular season. The former Cleveland Cavaliers Point-Guard hasn't played a single game this postseason.
Another big-name player, Gordon Hayward is also missing the action due to an ankle-injury. In fact, he has played just one game this season and quite interestingly, he suffered the injury in the game-1 against Cavaliers in the regular season.
Daniel Theis is out as well while Shane Larkin, who missed all the games in this series, has been upgraded to questionable ahead of this game. His inclusion depends on a game-time decision.
CLE VS BOS Dream11 Playing Team: Probable
| Cleveland Cavaliers |
| Boston Celtics |
| Tristan Thompson (G) |
| Terry Rozier (G) |
| George Hill (G) |
| Marcus Smart (G) |
| LeBron James (F) |
| Jaylen Brown (F) |
| J.R. Smith (F) |
| Jayson Tatum (F) |
|Kevin Love (C)||Al Horford (C)|
From the Bench: – CLE vs BOS Dream11
Boston Celtics – Aron Baynes, Semi Marcus Morris, Semi Ojeleye, Greg Monroe, Shane Larkin
Cleveland Cavaliers – Kyle Korver, Cedi Osman, Jordan Clarkson, Jeff Green, Jose Calderon, Larry Nance Jr.
CLE vs BOS Dream11 Key Players:
Boston Celtics – Al Horford, Jaylon Brown
Cleveland Cavaliers – LeBron James, Kevin Love
CLE VS BOS DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Cleveland Cavaliers clawed their way back into the series with two straight wins at their home. Now they have the momentum and form to strike a hammer blow to Boston Celtics' hopes in the 5th game at TD Garden.
However, Celtics are unbeaten at home this postseason and it was TD Garden which proved to be the difference in the first series against Milwaukee Bucks as they won all their 4 home games while losing all three on the road. The Greens still have a slight advantage when it comes to the fixtures as they will be playing the 7th game at home if it is needed. So this game is of paramount importance for them.
Can Celtics win this game?
We are backing Cleveland Cavaliers to win this game.
NOTE: THIS CLE VS BOS DREAM11 MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.