By: Donny Porcaro
Sorry Celtics fans, but last night the team officially proved they are not the one seed in the east. In fact, last night they didn't look like a playoff team at all. Losing to the Cavs in a close game at least would have shown they could compete in an intense 7 game playoff series. Losing 114-91 shows the Cavs really do just overpower this storybook Celtics team.
The Celtics last night finally put these crazy thoughts to rest that they actually stood a chance against a healthy Cavs team. There is a reason why despite all the regular season criticism, LeBron has been to six straight NBA Finals. He turns it on when necessary, and when he does he is unstoppable. Despite receiving major criticism for resting during regular season games, a healthy postseason LeBron means trouble for the rest of the league. This was the closest the Celtics were going to get to a playoff game before the actual playoffs. Everyone knew it would come with high intensity and the Celtics came in and in the words of Isaiah Thomas “laid an egg.”
The most impressive part of this victory for Cleveland was that it came on the road. This was the battle for the one seed, pretty much meaning it was a battle for home-court. If the Celtics do manage to squeak into the Eastern Conference Finals, it seems now home-court will be irrelevant. Cleveland dominated the whole game and seemed to roll over Boston on the road. Once Cleveland gets on their homeport, it should leave Celtics fans wondering if they can even win one game. In fact, if Boston does face Cleveland in the Conference Finals, don't be shocked if they easily get swept. You don't have to believe me, but the statistics may convince you.
Boston may look good on paper, but they haven't shown any recent success in the playoffs. The Celtics are 2-8 in their 10 playoff appearances under Brad Stevens. Many hope Horford, the Celtics big off-season acquisition can change the Celtics recent playoff results. Fans from all over Boston thought he was just the player Boston needed to have a chance to get by the Cavs. Record wise, the Celtics could not have chosen a worse player. Horford is 0-12 against Lebron James in the playoffs in his career. Yes, 0 wins and 12 losses. His team has not won a single game in 3 playoff series against a team with James. Maybe this is just because of the lack of talent surrounding him? Doubt it. Horford’s post season numbers slightly drop in his playoff career, but take a significant drop when he plays LeBron. Could this simply be coincidence? Or are the Celtics really in trouble?
Celtics fans may be disappointed after this years playoffs, just as they have the previous two years. Although they might win a playoff series or even two, they're not getting past the Cavs. Despite all the garbage the sports media world may want us to believe, Boston will not get past Cleveland. The only slight chance Boston has to make it to the Finals is if Cleveland plays Toronto in the second round and loses. Even then, your chances of getting there and beating Toronto remain slim. Despite what any statistic website shows, Boston can not compete with Cleveland, sorry C’s fans.
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