Game #77 - Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics Game Day Open Thread

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2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
VS
47-28 60-16
April 4, 2010
Quicken Loans Arena
1:00PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / ABC
Probable starters:
Rajon Rondo PG Mo Williams
Ray Allen SG Anthony Parker
Paul Pierce SF LeBron James
Kevin Garnett PF Antawn Jamison
Kendrick Perkins C J.J. Hickson

Happy Easter!

The Cavaliers and Celtics play their 4th and final game of the regular season, with the Cavs looking to take 3 of 4 - and 3 straight - from the Cs.  While many in the press and fans alike have dismissed the Celtics, they are still 19 games over .500 and extremely dangerous.

Unfortunately for the Celtics, the Cavaliers still have a major carrot worth playing for - homecourt throughout the playoffs and Finals.  With their magic number to clinch the NBA's best record at 1, a win by the Cavs OR a loss by the Lakers and the Cavaliers can lock up homecourt throughout.  Needless to say, the Celtics would like nothing better than to delay that celebration at least one more game.

While Anderson Varejao is still a question mark after missing the last 3 games, J.J. Hickson has been solid averaging 14.4 points and 8.8 rebounds over his last 5.  

While Cleveland comes in having won 9-of-10, the Celtics have lost 3 straight, including a 109-104 OT loss at home to Houston on Friday Night.

3-in the Key

1. With Friday's 93-88 win over Atlanta and Orlando's 112-100 loss to San Antonio, the Cavaliers clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference. With a Cavs' win versus Boston or a Los Angeles Lakers' loss to San Antonio today, Cleveland will clinch home court advantage throughout the entire NBA Playoffs.

2. Cleveland owns the NBA's best overall record at 60-16 (.789), best home record at 34-4 (.895) and best road record (26-12, .684) and leads the league with highest point differential at +7.3. The team has won 17 of their last 19 games and is 34-8 (.810) in 2010, which is the best mark in that span. With Friday's win over Atlanta, the team secured the second 60-win season in franchise history and trails only last season's team that won 66 games for the most in franchise history.

3. Friday's victory over Atlanta notched the Cavs'10th consecutive victory at The Q (Feb. 23rd - present). With two prior 11-game winning streaks at The Q this season from Nov. 14-Dec. 30 and Jan. 6-Feb. 11, the Cavs now have three home winning streaks of 10 games or more this season. The last team to have three double-digit winning streaks at home in one season was the Utah Jazz, who had home winnings streaks of 11 (11/13/96-12/10/96) and 13 twice (12/14/96 - 2/20/97 and 2/25/97 - 4/19/97) during the 1996-97 season. 

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