The Boston Celtics definitely proved that they are not messing around this season. They demolished the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2018 NBA Playoffs, then came back to continue their postseason campaign to clinch the berth for the NBA Finals on Tuesday evening and defeated the Cavs 107-94 to take a 2-0 series lead. Some will say that it was definitely Kyrie Irving’s who divulge Cavs’ coaching strategies. But we’ll say that it was only part of it and the major credits to Boston’s triumph goes to their rookie Jaylen Brown.
In the Game 2, Cavaliers’ star player LeBron James took control early, putting up a total of 21 points in the first quarter alone, before concluding the contest with 42 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds. But that figure wasn’t enough for the Cavs to claim victory, as the Celtics hardly fought back from a double-digit deficit in the first half to secure Game 2. Brown led Boston and tallied 23 points, while six other players scored in double figures to power the team’s offensive play.
Now, Cleveland will need to unlock the code for them to bounce back om track as this year’s Eastern Conference Finals series shifts back to Ohio for the action-packed Game 3. It’s not a must-win matchup though, as the Cavs would still technically be still kicking with another defeat, but no ball club in the league has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit, so they pretty much need to steal Game 3 from Celtics on Saturday.
The Cavaliers has been dealing with havoc throughout the season — including waiving half of its roster at the trade deadline — while the Celtics had injuries to their pair of basketballers expected to lead them through the conference finals. Where LeBron James is still playing like his signature play, the Celtics have found courageous from unexpected talents throughout these postseason, most certainly rookie Jayson Tatum.
The Celtics and the Cavaliers managed to knocked off the Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers — respectively — with both of those opening round series ultimately going to deciding seven games. Cavs and Boston then completely annihilate their opponents without efforts in Conference Semifinals, with the latter finished off Joel Embiid and the Sixers in five games, while the Cavaliers ejected the Toronto Raptors in just four games.
Here’s everything you need to know about Eastern Conference Finals including Cavaliers vs. Celtics live stream online info, TV channel, schedule, start time, lineup and more.
Boston Celtics vs. Cleveland Cavaliers Game 3 Details
Where To Watch Eastern Conference Finals Game 3
- Date: Saturday, May 18, 2018
- Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
- Venue: Quicken Loans Arena
- Location: Cleveland, Ohio
- TV Channel: ESPN
- Live Stream Online: WatchESPN.com or WatchESPN app
Cavs vs. Celtics Series Schedule
- Game 1 in Boston: Celtics 108, Cavaliers 83
- Game 2 in Boston: Celtics 107, Cavaliers 94
- Game 3 in Cleveland: Saturday, May 19, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
- Game 4 in Cleveland: Monday, May 21, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
- Game 5* in Boston: Wednesday, May 23, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
- Game 6* in Cleveland: Friday, May 25, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
- Game 7* in Boston: Sunday, May 27, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
- * – if necessary