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Cleveland at Boston
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, April 26, 2015
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

The scrappy Boston Celtics are giving it they’re all, but the Cleveland Cavaliers might just be too much for them to handle. The Cavaliers will try to wrap up a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference series when they visit the Celtics on Sunday.

Cleveland star LeBron James has increased his scoring and rebounding in each of the first three games, up to 31 points and 11 boards in Game 3. “LeBron’s leadership is obviously a huge factor, because he’s the guy that not only guys follow but they feel him, they sense him,” Cavaliers coach David Blatt told reporters, “and his control in these games has been outstanding both in terms of seizing the moment, but also talking guys through situations.” Boston is trying to make history as the first NBA team ever to come back from a 3-0 deficit in a best-of-seven series. “You have a game Sunday,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters. “You prepare for the game. Play to the best of your ability.”

TV:
1 p.m. ET, ABC

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS: Kevin Love bounced back from a rough Game 2 by scoring 23 points and going 6-of-10 from 3-point range on Thursday. The former All-Star buried a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch and is growing more comfortable with playoff basketball. “I think each game is going to be very different. It has been so far for me, individually. I had to get the nerves out of the way. The second game I was in foul trouble and (Game 3) I just found my rhythm and had a lot of open shots where my teammates were able to find me.”

ABOUT THE CELTICS: The biggest offensive threat Boston possesses is point guard Isaiah Thomas, but he found himself on the bench for much of the fourth quarter in Game 3. “They’re paying (Thomas) a lot of attention, and for whatever reason he was having an off-night,” Stevens told reporters. “But that happens; guys have off nights and that’s where we’ve got to pick each other up and be better together.” Thomas averaged 22 points and 8.5 assists in the first two games but slumped to five points on 2-of-9 shooting and two assists on Thursday.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Cavaliers G Kyrie Irving averaged 28 points in the first two games but slipped to 13 on 3-of-11 shooting in Game 3.

2. Boston F Jae Crowder went for 16 points in Game 3 and has reached double figures in each of the first three games.

3. Cleveland G J.R. Smith is 6-of-23 from 3-point range in the series.

PREDICTION: Cavaliers 101, Celtics 90
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Cleveland 56-29 W5 33-10 23-19 8-6 48-23 11-5 38-17
Boston 40-45 L3 21-21 19-24 3-8 37-37 12-4 28-27
Last Meeting
Cleveland Boston
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/23/15 CLE 103 BOS 95 103 45 45.2 95 45 43.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Cleveland L. James 31 50.0 4
Boston E. Turner 19 53.3 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Cleveland L. James 11 1 10
Boston J. Sullinger 8 2 6
Assists Player  
Cleveland K. Irving 6
Boston E. Turner 8
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Cleveland L. James 1887 48.9 406
Boston A. Bradley 1200 43.1 83
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Cleveland K. Love 794 153 641
Boston J. Sullinger 545 169 376
Assists Player  
Cleveland L. James 550
Boston E. Turner 500
Quickchart Matchup
Cleveland Off vs  Boston Defense
103.2 Points For
101.3 Points Against
45.8 FG%
45.0 FG%
43.1 Reb
44.7 Reb
Boston Off vs  Cleveland Defense
101.2 Points For
98.5 Points Against
44.2 FG%
45.5 FG%
44.7 Reb
41.1 Reb