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Pros And Cons Of A Celtics Matchup For Cavs

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With the Eastern Conference Semifinals less than a week away, the question many fans are asking is who would the Cleveland Cavaliers want to see in the next round? Do they want a rematch of last year’s conference finals against the Atlanta Hawks, or a rematch of last year’s first round series versus the Boston Celtics? While both will be tough opponents, here are reasons for and against rooting for the Celtics to advance.

The Celtics have been a pleasant surprise for the league this season. Just a year ago, many thought the Celtics were destined for the lottery. However, they sparked a critical six game winning streak at the end of the season, to sneak their way into the playoffs as the 7th seed. Expectations were a little higher this year after overachieving last year, but not many predicted they would coast into the 5th seed with 48 wins. This will be the last year the Celtics will surprise the league. They are loaded with cap room, and are willing to spend that money. Furthermore, they own the Brooklyn Nets’ unprotected first rounder, that has the third best chance of landing the top overall pick. Here are the top reasons the Cavs will be rooting for the Celtics to pull of a series win over the Hawks.

Reason 1: The Celtics’ best player is 5’9”

Isaiah Thomas gets all the props in the world for being not only an impact player but also an All-Star in a league full of giants. However, the truth is, your team will not make it very far when your best player is 5’9”. Thomas could have easily won the Most Improved Player of the Year award after raising his scoring average from 16.4 points per game a year ago to 22.2 this year, and dishing out 6.2 assists per game compared to 4.2 last year. He went from starting only one game between playing for the Phoenix Suns and the Celtics, to starting 79 this season.

Thomas can score with the best of them ranking 7th in post-season scoring and 11th during the regular season. However, for as good as he is on the offensive end, he struggles on the defensive side. A lot of that has to do with his height being undersized on a nightly basis. He is a scrappy player who won’t back down since he is used to being undersized his whole career. However, if enough offensive weapons are on the floor at once, he can be exposed.

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