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Eastern Conference Semi-Finals - Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers - Game 2

2009/2010 NBA Regular Season

Cavs Lead Series 1-0
May 3, 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. Cleveland continues their fifth straight Eastern Conference Semifinals appearance and 18th overall postseason appearance versus Boston. It is the fifth time the teams 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. Cleveland comes in as the only team to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the last five years. The Cavaliers are one of the most experienced postseason teams in games played since the 2006 NBA Playoffs with a league-high 66 postseason games played in that span leads all NBA teams with the Los Angeles Lakers ranking second. Cleveland is 69-74 (.475) all-time in the playoffs

2. Saturday's Game 1 101-93 win featured the Cavaliers coming back from an 11-point halftime deficit. It was the team's 69th playoff win, but the first time that Cleveland had overcome a halftime deficit as large as 11 points in any victory. The team 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.

3. In the playoffs all-time, the Cavaliers are 47-25 (.653) at home, 27-12 (.692) at Quicken Loans Arena and winners of 13 of their last 14 postseason games at The Q. Since the 2006 postseason, the Cavs are 26-7 (.788) at home, which is tied for the most home wins in the playoffs over that span (Los Angeles Lakers are 26-5). Within the Cavs-Celtics series, the home team has won 18 of the last 20 overall (regular and postseason) games.

BONUS - With winning three of the six playoff games this year by double figures, the Cavaliers possess a +9.0 (105.3-96.3) point differential, which is one of the tops in the playoffs. In the 2010 Playoffs, the Cavaliers also have the largest field goal differential, shooting .490 from the field to .439 (+.051) for their opponents.