Eight games. Eight wins. The Cleveland Cavaliers are finally back in action tonight, and they’ll do it on the road in Boston. LeBron James has as much personal success as any active player in the league, and he and his teammates will face off with the team with the most historical success in the league. If the Cavs win this series, they’ll reach their third consecutive NBA Finals, and fourth overall. The Celtics have spent decades of their history in the NBA Finals.
Game 1 tips off at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday night. TNT will carry it live.
This is a unique series in that the Cavs are the lower seed, and yet will enter each game, in all likelihood, as the favorite to win. Fivethirtyeight.com gives the Celtics a 52 percent chance to win the series. The Cavs rested LeBron and Kyrie Irving in the last week of the regular season instead of prioritizing the top seed and home court advantage.
Does the regular season matter? This series will provide another data point. The Cavs hope the answer is yes, but perhaps not in the way the NBA or fans might hope.
Who: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics
Where: TD Garden - Boston, Massachusetts
When: 8:30 p.m.