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PREVIEW: Cavs look to regain winning ways at home in Game 3 of Eastern Conference Finals

CLEVELAND – LeBron James has a knack for erasing deficits in playoff series, as he has played on two of the 19 teams to ever come back from a 2-0 deficit in NBA history.

In the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals, James propelled the Cavaliers past the Pistons by averaging 25.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 2.7 steals over six games (46.2 minutes). Daniel Gibson (13.5 PPG) and Zydrunas Ilgauskas (12.8 PPG) were the other scorers averaging in double-figures.

In the 2016 NBA Finals, James and Kyrie Irving fueled a rally to storm back from 2-0 and 3-1 deficits and beat the Warriors. Only three other players on the roster averaged more than eight points per game.

Fast-forward to 2018, and the odds are stacked against James once more.

The Cavs will look to regain their winning ways against the Boston Celtics at Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday, hoping to recover from an 0-2 deficit in the Eastern Conference Finals.

When: 8:30 p.m. ET


Online: Watch ESPN

Radio: WTAM 1100 AM, WMMS 100.7 FM, La Mega 87.7 FM.

Cavs probable starters: PG George Hill, SG JR Smith, SF LeBron James, PF Kevin Love, C Tristan Thompson.

Celtics probable starters: PG Terry Rozier, SG Jaylen Brown, SF Jayson Tatum, PF Marcus Morris, C Al Horford.

Cavs injuries: None.

Celtics injuries: PG Shane Larkin (shoulder – OUT), PG Kyrie Irving (knee – OUT), PF Daniel Theis (knee – OUT), SF Gordon Hayward (leg – OUT).

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John Alfes is a senior at John Carroll University, and hails from Westlake, Ohio. His love and passion for the game of baseball originated in 1998, when he played catch with his father at the age of two. A former collegiate pitcher, Alfes currently serves as a Cleveland Cavaliers reporter for AP Radio/Metro Networks and the Cleveland Indians Beat Writer for CBS Sports/Scout Media Network, all while majoring in Communications (focus in Journalism) and English (focus in Professional Writing). He is the Sports Editor for The Carroll News, Sports Director for WJCU 88.7 FM and Senior Writer for the John Carroll Sports Information Department. John is an Eagle Scout and loves his two younger brothers (Conrad and Daniel) and two parents (John and Celeste). You can follow John Alfes on Twitter (@JohnAlfes) or reach him through email (

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