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
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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).