2009/2010 NBA Regular Season
Celtics Lead 3-2
May 13, 2010
Radio - WTAM 1100 / ESPN
3-in the Key
1. This second round playoff series represents the fifth time Cleveland and Boston have faced each other in the playoffs (1976 Conference Finals, 1985 First Round, 1992 Conference Semifinals and the 2008 Conference Semifinals) with the Celtics leading the all-time series 3-1. In their postseason history, Cleveland has never lost a playoff series when winning Game 1 and is 10-0, including best-of-five and best-of-seven series, and winners of four of their last five Game 1s.
2. Since 2000 in the NBA, 12 teams have come back from 3-2 deficits to win the series in seven games.
3. After Game 4, Cleveland is 70-77 (.476) all-time in the playoffs, including 47-27 (.635) at home and 27-14 (.659) at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers have won 13 of their last 16 postseason games at The Q and since the 2006 postseason, the Cavs are 26-9 (.743) at home. The 26 wins is the second most home wins in the playoffs over that span, trailing only the Los Angeles Lakers (28-5, .848).
BONUS - In Game 5, Shaquille O'Neal scored a 2010 playoff-high 21 points on 7-11 (.636) shooting, while also tallying four rebounds, two assists, one steal and a 2010 playoff-high four blocks in 27 minutes. This comes after posting a then 2010 postseason-high of 17 points to go along with five rebounds and two blocked shots. In his last six postseason games, O'Neal is averaging 14.0 points on .552 shooting, 5.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 23.7 minutes per game. O'Neal has 16 postseason appearances (tied for 3rd-most in NBA history) and has played in 213 playoff games, which is first among active players.
BONUS #2 -- In the 2010 Playoffs, LeBron James is averaging 29.3 points on .516 shooting, 8.3 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.6 steals. He has scored at least 30 points in 10 of the last 16 games versus Boston including the regular season and postseason and is averaging 30.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists in his last eight postseason games against the Celtics. In the 2008 playoff second round series versus Boston, James averaged 26.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 2.1 steals. In four games against Boston during the regular season, James averaged 36.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists.