By MyFM's Jake Archer - Tonight in Boston, the Celtics will play host to the reigning NBA champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers as they start their Eastern Conference Finals series. The C’s will continue to have home court advantage, even against Cleveland, because of the number one seeding they earned during the regular season. It will be the latest in a long line of Celtics matchups with LeBron James and this one should be a doozy.
Boston will continue a whirlwind week in which they won a Game 7 against the Washington Wizards on Monday and then secured the first overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft on Tuesday. The organization is riding high, but they’ll get a rude awakening tonight as they’ll face an extremely tough test. Despite their second seeding and their struggles during the regular season, LeBron and the Cavaliers are the best team in the East. They may just be the best team in basketball, and they are playing at an amazingly high level.
Not many people are giving the Celtics much of a chance in this series. They’ll use that doubt to help fuel themselves, but it may not mean much. Boston is a huge underdog here and even some Celtics fans are wondering if they can take a game from the Cavs in this series. I’ve thought about it a lot, and I’ve finally got my pick.
I’m taking the Cavaliers in five. I think there is something to be said for how the Celtics have battled so far this postseason and the heart that this team has, but they are just overmatched. If the Celts want to win a game they better take one tonight at home with everyone feeling good and Cleveland coming off of a long layoff. I just don’t see them making this much of a series, which stinks.
They definitely won’t back away from a challenge and I don’t believe they are scared of LeBron like some other teams are, but the talent gap is still huge. The Cavaliers not only have James, but Kevin Love, Kyle Korver, Tristian Thompson and JR Smith. Oh yea, and Kyrie Irving, the point guard who will probably light us up consistently.
As much as I’d like to get behind this team and think we have a shot, I can’t pick with my heart. It was cool to be in the final four teams and the Celtics have surpassed all expectations. If they win a game that will be nice, but it’s all just gravy from here.
Who knows though, because I doubted the C’s last series and picked the Wizards to take them out. We’ll see if they can prove me wrong again.