Celtics Sieze Momentum

Boston takes a seeminlgy commanding 2-0 lead with its win Tuesday night. But Saturday the Cavs could very well remind the Celtics why they've won the conference three years in a row.

Marcus Smart's critical second quarter steal helped the Celtics win game two. But with the next two in Cleveland, the series may take another surprising turn. Photo by Matt Stone/Boston Herald

By: Jeffrey

P=M*V. Momentum is an easy concept in physics. The more mass or velocity a moving object has, the more momentum it has. But in sports, it’s not so simple. The Pelicans seemed to seize it with a 19 point win over the Warriors, just to lose the next two. The Pacers apparently had a lot after beating the Cavs by 34, but they lost game seven. But perhaps in one small play the Celtics have finally taken hold of the eastern conference. Perhaps they’ve even wrestled it away from LeBron for good, with his free agency looming and the Cavs looking their least impressive since 2014.

James was at his best Tuesday evening with a 42 point triple-double. But no one’s ever had a perfect game, and one of his few mistakes proved pivotal. With 23 seconds left in the first half, Marcus Morris cut the Cavs’ lead to 55-46 with a bank shot. LeBron then lazily threw the ball in, and was forced to hustle back defensively after Marcus Smart stole the pass. Morris then slammed the ball home to get the Garden crowd back to its usual raucous state. The emboldened Celtics outscored Cleveland 36-22 in the third to seize a 2-0 series lead.

While Celtic fans may already be fantasizing about another parade, they shouldn’t get too excited. The next two games are at the Q in Cleveland, and even-keeled James is on record stating he’ll be more than ready. “I’m not going to lose sleep over it…I’ll recalibrate in terms of how I can help this team be successful, how I can do some things to make us be even more complete”. If the Cavs win the next two (and Boston is just 1-4 on the road this postseason), it will be the Celtics who’ll be losing sleep. The Celtics struck the first blow in the battle of eastern heavyweights. But the game’s best player is poised to launch another stampede towards the finals pasture Saturday.

Jeffrey Newholm
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Hey there! I’m Jeff Newholm and depending on your point of view I’m blessed or cursed that my two favorite sports are outside the limelight. Being a UW-Whitewater grad (winter 2013) my first love was d3 college football, but over the last few years I have picked up a huge interest in woman’s basketball (Uconn being my favorite team as their 90 game winning streak helped show me how good a team can get in the woman’s game). I like all the sports everyone else likes (NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA basketball and football) but those two sports are where I really have a passion.
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1 Comment on Celtics Sieze Momentum

  1. I’m probably over analyzing game 2, but in my opinion was a must win Cleveland Cavaliers, now go back home down 0-2 and that means they’ve Celtics 4 out next 5 & they’re just too well coached, playing with too much confidence for that to happen and are undefeated in Boston!

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