The Boston Celtics have been on a tear all year long with their outstanding play in both ends of the hardwood, especially in the defensive end, and coach Brad Stevens is continuing that trend of improving his record every season that goes by.
By acquiring Kyrie Irving on a huge deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as Gordon Hayward via free agency, the Celtics instantly became the team to beat in the Eastern Conference and they’ve definitely lived up to that expectations.
Even with Hayward suffering a season-ending injury just 5 minutes into his debut in green, Boston has managed to shake off all adversity and are heading towards finishing the season as the 1st seed in the Eastern Conference.
Nonetheless, some people still believe the Cavs are the ones that will end up prevailing and advance to the NBA Finals, but today, we’re going to let you know the 5 reasons why Boston will actually beat the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Boston Celtics are one of the youngest teams in the NBA and the Cavaliers are plagued with injury-prone veterans. While Boston usually features youngsters like Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, Cleveland has to turn to LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green and some other veterans, so the extra energy boost definitely turns the table in favor of Brad Stevens’ squad.
Ok, at the beginning of the season we were all scared of how freakingly stacked the Cavs were after landing Wade and Rose, but truth to be told, the so called Cavs depth has proven to be pretty much a fluke all season long with their second unit struggling to get anything going. On the other hand, Boston has thrived while their starters are resting, with a young, yet balanced second unit that may not be the most talented offensive-wise, but definitely knows how to get stops.
The Boston Celtics are one of the best defensive teams in the NBA, and they’ve managed to crawl back from huge deficits thanks to their discipline and focus in the defensive end of the floor. Brad Stevens has already proven that he’s one of the best coaches in the Association despite his youth, and with Cleveland struggling to click in the offensive end of the floor when James is resting, this may be the biggest table turner of them all.
While the Cavs have been consistently terrible in the defensive end of the floor, Boston has thrived with consistency throughout the entire campaign. Even with Irving or Horford resting, the Celtics have had a clear system and mindset and they’ve been able to win games they could’ve lost against superior squads. Of course, some setbacks have happened along the way, but you just can’t win all 82 regular season matchups.
1. Kyrie Irving
And finally, we got perhaps the most important factor of them all: Kyrie Irving. Uncle Drew’s numbers haven’t changed much from his Cavs stint, but he’s been rolling all year long and is having an MVP kind of campaign as the best player in the best team in the East. Irving is keen to demonstrate he was ready to be “the man” on a contending team, already knows Cleveland from the inside and is also one of the clutchest and more skilled guys you’ll find, so you know he’s in for revenge against his former team.