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Eastern Conference Semi-Finals - Game 3 -- Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics

2009/2010 NBA Regular Season

Series Tied 1-1
May 7, 2010
TD Banknorth Garden
7:00PM et
Radio - WTAM 1100 / ESPN
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 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 67 postseason games played in that span leads all NBA teams with the Los Angeles Lakers ranking second.

2. Entering Game 3 in Boston, Cleveland and Boston are now tied 1-1. This playoff series represents 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.

3. Cleveland is 69-75 (.479) all-time in the playoffs, including 47-26 (.644) at home (27-13, .675, at Quicken Loans Arena). Despite losing Game 2 of the series, the Cavaliers have won 13 of their last 15 postseason games at The Q. 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 (27-5) over that span.

BONUS - 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.