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Eastern Conference Semi-Finals - Game 5 -- Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers

2009/2010 NBA Regular Season

Series Tied 2-2
May 11, 2010
Quicken Loans Arena
8:00PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / TNT
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 Shaquille O`Neal

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. The Cavaliers are 3-0 in Game 5's at home in best-of-seven series all-time when the series is tied 2-2.

2. After Game 4, Cleveland is 70-76 (.479) all-time in the playoffs, including 47-26 (.644) at home and 27-13 (.675) at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers have won 13 of their last 15 postseason games at The Q and since the 2006 postseason, the Cavs are 26-8 (.765) at home. The 26 wins is the second most home wins in the playoffs and only trail the Los Angeles Lakers (28-5, .848) over that span.

3. In winning after their two losses this postseason prior to Game 4 on Sunday, Cleveland has bounced back with big wins including a 23-point win at Chicago in Game 4 of the first round and a 29-point win at Boston in Game 3. The team has shot .532 and .595 in each game, respectively, with LeBron James leading the way with 37 points and 38 points, respectively in those two games.

BONUS - In Game 4, LeBron James led five Cavaliers in double-figures with 29 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, one block and two steals. After scoring his 2,000th point in his postseason career in Game 3, with the fifth of his eight assists in Game 4, LeBron James reached 500 assists in the playoffs all-time. In NBA history, only 25 players have 2,000 career points and 500 career assists in the playoffs with five of them being active (Chauncey Billups, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal and Tony Parker).

BONUS #2 -- In the 2010 Playoffs, James is averaging 30.9 points (NBA-2nd) on .540 (9th) shooting, 8.6 rebounds, 7.4 assists (4th), 2.3 blocks (3rd), 1.6 steals (6th). He has scored at least 30 points in 10 of the last 15 games versus Boston including the regular season and postseason and is averaging 33.0 points in his last seven postseason games against the Celtics. James is averaging 33.8 points and 8.4 rebounds in eight career Game 5's. 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 on .474 shooting, 6.5 rebounds and 8.3 assists.

Mike Brown talks prior to Game 5 vs. Boston