Cavs Back In Boston for Game 5 Of Eastern Finals

BOSTON, Mass. — The Cavs are back in Boston for Game 5 tonight against the Celtics after tying the series at 2-2 with a 111-102 win on Monday in Game 4.

They now get back on the road to play in a place that wasn’t very kind to them in Games 1 & 2.

The Cavs fell behind 0-2 in this series because of their road play. Boston mauled them in the first two games and left a lot of doubt going into Games 3 & 4. Cleveland answered those questions and responded at home to tie the series at 2-2. Games 3 & 4 gave us a combination of things. It gave us great LeBron and good supporting cast, the recipe for Cavs success. James scored 27 in Game 3 and 44 in Game 4.

Enjoy some highlights from James’ 44-point performance in Game 4, his sixth 40+ point postseason game of his career.

The supporting cast, including Kyle Korver, J.R. Smith, and Tristan Thompson, were all contrubuters in Games 3 & 4 to help the Cavs get back into these Eastern Conference Finals.

The three-point shooting has also been a key, but is something that has changed when the Cavs go on the road. They shot the ball very well in the two games at home, but in Boston shot just 14-57 (24%) from three-point range in the first two games combined. That will have to change tonight.

They will also have to keep playing hard defensively, which they did at home. In the first two games, the Cavs at times looked lost and confused on the defensive end, almost being toyed with by the Celtics. They found some defensive mojo in Games 3 & 4 that they can hopefully carry over into Game Five tonight.

One thing is certain; the Cavs have to win a game in Boston to win this series and move onto their fourth straight NBA Finals. Boston has the home court, so I guess you could say they have the edge at this point. The first quarter of the game tonight will be key. If you look back at the other four games, the team who leads after the first quarter has gone on to win three of the four games so far this series. It’s important for the Cavs to get off to a good start in Boston tonight.

Larry Nance Jr. and LeBron James know just how important it is to maintain momentum in tonight’s pivotal Game 5.

Tip-off for Game 5 is set for 8:30pm ET and will be televised on ESPN and Fox Sports Ohio.