BOSTON, Mass. — The Cavs looked lost in Boston again in Game 5 on Wednesday night, and now trail the Celtics 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 24, 2018
The first quarter once again told the story. The Celtics jumped all over the Cavs in the opening period and led 32-19 at the end of the first and the Cavs couldn’t quite climb back into a game that presented many chances to do just that. They couldn’t muster the energy late in the game when they cut it to a 12-point game after being down by as many as 21 points in the fourth quarter. They went on a 9-0 to cut it to 12 and then missed a couple of threes to try to get closer. The Celtics regained control and won 96-83 to take Game 5.
LeBron had 26 points and ten rebounds but committed six turnovers in a game where he seemed to look a little fatigued and not like his normal self. Even head coach Tyronn Lue admitted after the game that he thought James looked a little tired as well. Kevin Love added 14 points for the Cavs, but the rest of the Cavs starters only combined for 10 points. That includes George Hill, J.R. Smith, and Tristan Thompson. Jordan Clarkson and Jeff Green both added 8 points a piece off the bench to help the Cavs stay close.
Ty Lue got out-coached Wednesday night in Game 5 after out-coaching Brad Stevens in Games 3 & 4. Stevens inserted Aron Baynes into the starting lineup and primarily only played seven players in the entire game and the Cavs had no answers.
Perhaps the most alarming stat could be that the Cavs out-shot the Celtics in Game Five. The Cavs shot 42% and the Celtics shot 36%. The Cavs only made 9 of 34 threes, which has been the pattern for them when they play on the road.
They Cavs and LeBron now have to regroup on Thursday before Game Six on Friday night where they will face elimination for the second time this post season. This Cavs team looked taken back by the aggressiveness of Boston tonight, but the Cavs have shown dominance of their own when they play in Cleveland. We will see if the home team can hold serve on Friday night to force a Game Seven in Boston.
This series isn’t over yet and Kyle Korver knows it.
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) May 24, 2018
Game 6 is set to tip off at 8:30pm ET on Friday and will be televised on ESPN and Fox Sports Ohio. Be sure to follow EBSN Online for more news and updates on your Cleveland Cavaliers!