Celtics hope to put road woes aside vs. Cavs

Celtics withstand James' huge night
Cavs star James goes to locker room after shot to jaw
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18 May, 2018

Everybody says we're playing with house money anyway.

Terry Rozier #12 of the Boston Celtics passes the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2018 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. "We didn't get a road win against Milwaukee, but we got one against a good team in Philly".

"With that said, we have to give him an opportunity to make him feel confident to give us the ball so we can make the right plays". We've got to help.

Smith is averaging two points per game and shooting 12 percent from the field so far in the Eastern Conference Finals, including 0-for-7 from 3-point range.

The difference has been the rest of the Cavs roster.

Stevens isn't sure Cleveland has yet to play up to its full potential.

James suffered a strained neck in Game 2 and was reportedly "OK" to fully participate in practice Thursday, according to Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.

Celtics withstand James' huge night
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That can't persist if Boston is going to have success as the series shifts to Cleveland on Saturday. After they had swept the Toronto Raptors in the semifinal round, the brilliance of LeBron James was enough to sweep the Cavaliers' shortcomings under the rug.

"I've never seen a game scored in the 40s unless it's in the Big Ten with like Penn State, Illinois and Ohio State", Tristan Thompson said.

"We'll be better at it next time", Lue said. It lost all three road games in that series.

Lue used the film session to key in on communication breakdowns by the Cavs' defense. "Hopefully we could have rode it out and then tried to bring LeBron back to start the fourth quarter, but he said he needed a break". Some guys aren't huge communicators. At the end of the day they've got a lot of guys that have been there, done that. We're down 0-2. If you don't like to talk, you're going to talk now.

But after boasting the third-best road record in the National Basketball Association during the regular season, the Celtics have looked like a totally different team since the post-season began.

After defending home court in the first two games for the third time this playoffs, the Boston Celtics look to improve upon their 1-4 road record heading to Cleveland. In NBA history, teams that fall down 3-0 in a seven-game series are 0-131.

The Cavaliers won a Finals in which they trailed 3-1, so you can't scare them. We understand that, but now we've got to come home and take care of our business on our home floor. "And we're expecting that every game we're going to have to play better to have a chance to win". It's a totally different group - same core I would say, but at the same time it's a different crew. "We're only four out of 15". Unfortunately, it's something you can't really rely on.

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