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

Home-court holds heavy advantage

Cleveland is 5-1 when playing at Quicken Loans Arena this postseason, while Boston is 1-4 when playing away from TD Garden this postseason. Since losing Game 1 to the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, head coach Tyronn Lue and company have held home-court advantage.

More of the same successful play will be necessary in Games 3 and 4.

Boston nearly blew a 2-0 lead against the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, losing all three road contests by margins of 24 (Game 3), two (Game 4) and 11 (Game 6) points. A 101-98 overtime victory against the 76ers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals marks the team’s lone road win.

The Wine and Gold is 13-6 all-time in home playoff games against the Celtics.

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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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