Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers Recreation #40 3/17/21

The Celtics journey to Cleveland for the 2nd of three video games towards the Cavaliers this season. The Celtics beat the Cavs 141-103 in Boston on January 24. These two groups will meet for a third time on Might 12 in Cleveland. The Celtics are taking part in within the third sport in 4 nights.

The Celtics have slipped to sixth within the East, 7 video games behind Philadelphia and 1 sport behind the Warmth (4th) and half a sport behind Charlotte (fifth). They’re 5-5 of their final 10 video games and 8-13 on the street. The Cavs are twelfth and 4.5 out of eighth. They’re 4-6 of their final 10 video games and 9-10 at residence. they’ve misplaced their final 4 video games.

The Celtics received the sequence 4-0 final season. They’re 134-80 all time vs the Cavs and 54-54 all time on the street. Cleveland has misplaced their final 9 video games towards the Celtics with their final win on February 11, 2018. Cleveland completed a 3 sport street journey in Miami on Tuesday and this sport begins a 4 sport residence stand for them.

Each groups are taking part in on the second night time of again to again video games. The Celtics misplaced to Utah 117-109 at residence on Tuesday after which hit the street to tackle the Cavs in Cleveland on Wednesday. The Celtics are 3-4 on the second night time of again to again video games. The Cavs misplaced to the Warmth in Miami on Tuesday night time. They’re 4-4 on the second night time of again to again video games.

For the Celtics, Romeo Langford and Tristan Thompson are each out as a result of well being and security protocols. Kemba Walker is out for relaxation on the again to again. Ordinarily I’d say that Marcus Sensible would begin on the level however he’s nonetheless on a minutes restriction. Semi Ojeleye began on Tuesday and I’m going to guess that Semi could begin this sport on the 4 and presumably Jeff Teague on the level. That’s only a guess, although, however I’d somewhat see Sensible begin.

For the Cavs, Matthew Dellavedova (stomach) and Taurean Prince (shoulder) are out. Kevin Love (calf) can also be out. Larry Nance, Jr began on Tuesday and can possible begin once more. Andre Drummond is sitting out whereas they attempt to commerce him.

Possible Celtics Starters

PG: Jeff Teague
SG: Jaylen Brown
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Semi Ojeleye
C: Daniel Theis

Celtics Reserves
Marcus Sensible
Javonte Inexperienced
Payton Pritchard
Robert Williams III
Tacko Fall
Carsen Edwards
Aaron Nesmith
Tremont Waters
Grant Williams

Romeo Langford (covid) out
Tristan Thompson (covid) out
Kemba Walker (relaxation) out

Head Coach
Brad Stevens

Possible Cavaliers Starters

PG: Collin Sexton
SG: Darius Garland
SF: Isaac Okoro
PF: Larry Nance, Jr
C: Jarrett Allen

Cavaliers Reserves
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Damyean Dotson
JaVale McGee
Cedi Osman
Lamar Stevens
Brodric Thomas
Dean Wade
Dylan Windler

Matthew Dellaveova (stomach) out
Andre Drummond (commerce) out
Taurean Prince (shoulder) out
Kevin Love (calf) out

Head Coach
J.B. Bickerstaff

Key Matchups

Jeff Teague vs Collin Sexton
Sexton is averaging 23.7 factors, 2.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.2 steals per sport. He’s taking pictures 48% from the sector and 38% from past the arc. I’m simply guessing that Teague will get the beginning with Kemba out nevertheless it could possibly be Payton Pritchard who will get the decision. Personally, I’d a lot somewhat see Marcus Sensible get the beginning right here.

Jaylen Brown vs Darius Garland
Garland is averaging 15.9 factors, 2.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.1 steals. he’s taking pictures 44% from the sector and 38% from past the arc. Brown ought to be capable to win this matchup.

Honorable Point out
Daniel Theis vs Jarrett Allen
Allen is averaging 13.1 factors, 9.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.7 blocks per sport. He’s taking pictures 66% from the sector and 44% from past the arc so he’s a risk to attain each in and out and Theis might want to stick with him as a result of if he will get an open shot, probably he’ll hit it.

Keys to the Recreation
Protection – Protection is at all times a key to successful video games. The Celtics have let their protection slip this season and must get again to creating protection a precedence in the event that they hope to get previous the primary spherical of the playoffs. The highest groups within the league are there as a result of in addition they have a high protection. The Celtics must play powerful group protection in the event that they need to win.

Rebound – Subsequent to protection, rebounding is a key to successful. A lot of rebounding is effort and need and when the Celtics put out the additional effort on the boards, it often carries by way of to the remainder of their sport. The Cavs are averaging 43.2 rebounds per sport whereas the Celtics are averaging 44.0 rebounds per sport. The Celtics should crash the glass as a group and provides additional effort on the boards on this sport.

Play as a Staff – The Celtics want to maneuver the ball and discover the open man. After they try this, they play very nicely. After they play hero ball and over dribble and search for their very own shot first, it often ends in a loss. They have to belief one another and transfer the ball and play as a group.

Play 48 Minutes -The Celtics want to begin out robust and play centered for 48 minutes. In the event that they Celtics construct a lead, they should maintain taking part in onerous and never lose focus and permit the Cavs to realize confidence. They should play onerous from begin to end.

Don’t Underestimate – It could be straightforward to underestimate the Cavaliers with a 14-25 file and a 38 level win over them already this season. The Celtics may simply anticipate to come back in and win with out lots of effort. However, that at all times backfires. The Cavs will play onerous and if the Celtics don’t match their effort, they could possibly be shocked with one other loss to a group they need to beat.

Again to Again – Each groups are taking part in on the second night time of again to again video games. Each groups are taking part in 3 video games in 4 nights. Each groups needed to journey after Tuesday night time’s sport. Which group may have extra vitality down the stretch to win this sport?

Officiating – The fashion of officiating can have an effect on the result of a sport. They don’t even should favor one group over the opposite. When officers name each little little bit of contact, the Celtics appear to wrestle. When the refs allow them to play, the Celtics play significantly better. The Celtics are coming off a sport through which they shot simply 4 free throws for the entire sport whereas the Jazz shot 24. Hopefully the refs name it pretty and let each groups play.

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