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NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Boston Celtics set for round one

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The Cavs will play the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers now know who they will play in the first round of the playoffs.

Earlier this evening, when Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder hit a game winning 3-pointer against the Toronto Raptors and gave the Boston Celtics a 96-93 win, it also clinched the No. 7 seed for the Celtics. That sets up a matchup with the No. 2 seed Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers went 2-2 against the Celtics this season. Cleveland won the first game 122-121 behind a 41-point performance by LeBron James on Nov. 14 and then blew out the Celtics 110-79 on March 3. Cleveland then lost the next two games against the Celtics, losing 99-90 on April 10 and 117-78 on April 12.

However, the last two losses come with an asterisk. On the 10th, Kyrie Irving did not play and other key players played limited minutes. On the 12th, the Cavs rested James, Irving, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith.

The Cavs also have a history with the Celtics that extends back to the first time James was a Cavalier. In his last game before leaving for the Miami Heat after the 2010-11 season, the James-led Cavs were eliminated in the second round in six games by a Celtics team featuring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. In Game 5 of that series, James was booed off the court after the Cavs suffered the worst home playoff loss in franchise history.

Cavs-Celtics will begin this weekend on either Saturday or Sunday. Cleveland finishes its regular season campaign tomorrow night at home against the Washington Wizards.