Celtics Battle Cavaliers in Conference Battle
The Boston Celtics take on the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday evening. The Celtics (43-31) remain in the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, but they're headed toward the postseason with anything but momentum. Boston has now dropped four straight contests, with their most recent loss a 115-96 defeat at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday evening. Marcus Smart led the Celtics with 14 points, adding four rebounds and one assist. Marcus Morris and Gordon Hayward provided 13 points each while hauling in six and 10 rebounds, respectively. Kyrie Irving contributed a 11-point, 12-assist double-double that also included two rebounds, two steals and one block. Daniel Theis led the second unit with 11 points, seven boards, one assist and one block. The Celtics will list Jayson Tatum (back) and Al Horford (knee) as questionable for Tuesday's contest. Robert Williams (back) will be listed as doubtful. The Cavaliers (19-55) were long ago eliminated from playoff contention, although they continue to play spoiler on occasion down the stretch. Cleveland is a respectable 2-2 over its last four games, but they were manhandled by the Milwaukee Bucks, 127-105, in their most recent contest Sunday. Kevin Love posted a 20-point, 19-rebound double-double that also included three assists and one block. Jordan Clarkson poured in 19 points and added four assists and three rebounds. Collin Sexton turned in 18 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal. Larry Nance, Jr. furnished 13 points, six assists, three rebounds and three steals. Tristan Thompson managed 10 points, six rebounds and one assist. The Cavaliers will remain without Matthew Dellavedova (concussion) and John Henson (wrist) on Tuesday. Tuesday's contest marks the fourth and final meeting between the teams this season. The Celtics own a 3-0 series lead, having notched 128-95, 123-103 and 103-96 victories, respectively, on Nov. 30, Jan. 23 and Feb. 5, respectively.
Posted on: 3/25/2019 9:08 PM
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