Boston Celtics (29-40) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (39-29)
Friday, March 24, 2006
Time: 4:30pm PT, 7:30pm ET
TV: FSOhio, NBALP
Radio: WTAM 1100
Location: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
BOSTON CELTICS’ BENCH
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ BENCH
BOSTON CELTICS’ NOTES
• West matches up well against Cleveland’s guards, so good passes and finishes at the rim are to be expected. Plus his athleticism, especially on the defensive end, gives the Cavalies problems. Delonte has had several impressive blocks and steals against Cleveland in the past.
• Paul Pierce needs to be his usual aggressive self and march to the foul line. Get Cleveland in foul trouble, having them panic in who to send to guard Pierce.
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ NOTES
• LeBron James should be fine but the rest of the team needs to match the Celtics’ intensity. This game will probably have a playoff type atmosphere. The Cavaliers need to have a dominate opening quarter. The team can’t come out laid back as the Comeback Cavs. They need to be the Killer Cavs right away.
• It was good seeing Marshall and Jones spacing the floor by making their long distance shots. The Celtics may try to pack it in, so the bombers need to pick up where they left off.
This should be a good game because of the Pierce and James battle, plus the fact that Cleveland is getting ever closer to achieving their magic number. Cleveland is coming off a hard-fought win against the Bobcats. It was an overtime thriller that had LeBron nail his first game-winning shot. With the winning streak still going strong and the Celtics coming to town, it's games like this that show you what the team is made of.