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

Disrupting passing lanes, forcing turnovers

The Celtics are effectively taking care of the basketball, as evidenced by their 25.5 assists per game and 8.5 turnovers per game throughout the series. Lue devised a game plan that held the Raptors to 21.3 assists per game and induced 13.5 turnovers per game in the previous round, but that same brand of gritty defense has yet to surface vs. Boston.

Defensive rating is a stat that estimates how many points an opposing team will score per 100 possessions. For the Cavaliers in the 2018 postseason, their defensive rating has risen from 111.8 against the Pacers, to 112.2 against the Raptors, to 116.5 against the Celtics.

Simply put, competition gets much tougher deeper into the playoffs.

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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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