NBA

Cavs – Celtics Opening Night

It’s finally here! Opening night for the 2018 NBA Season. The first game will showcase the two top teams in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

There are a few notable story lines in this game:

  • Kyrie coming back to Cleveland for the first time as a Celtic.
  • The first time Kyrie and Lebron see each other since the breakup.
  • Kyrie in the past few weeks has thrown shade Cleveland’s way, notably saying “I’m really playing in a real, live sports city'”
  • Dwyane Wade reuniting with Lebron
  • Will Isaiah Thomas be at the game? How will he react to seeing Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics
  • Our real first chance to see how well the Celtics play together

As always, the game gets broken down to 3 area — who is the better coach, who has the better starters and who has the deeper & more reliable bench.


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Coaching – Brad Stevens

If you don’t agree that Brad is the better coach in this match up, lets see what LeBron has to say.

 

“I highly respect their coaching staff and especially their head coach,” James said. “A very well-coached team, he puts those guys out there every night and puts them in position to win the game. I think Brad Stevens is a very good young coach in our league.”

 


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Starters – Boston Celtics

The Celtics and Cavaliers have a pretty even lineup, but with D-Rose and Wade both being injury prone and older, I have to give the edge to the Celtics. It will be a great test defensively for Jaylen and Jayson if they get matched up against LeBron.

PG – Derrick Rose                                        PG – Kyrie Irving

SG – Dwyane Wade                                    SG – Jaylen Brown

SF –   Lebron James                                   SF –  Gordon Hayward

PF –  Jae Crowder                                       PF – Jason Tatum

C – Kevin Love                                             C – Al Horford


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Bench – Cleveland Cavaliers

At this time, the Cavs clearly have the more veteran bench at every position. The Celtics are a very young team so I expect the Cavs to have their way against the Celtics rookies.

 

2nd Unit

PG – Jose Calderon                                    PG –  Terry Rozier

SG – J.R. Smith                                            SG – Marcus Smart

SF –  Kyle Korver                                       SF –  Semi Ojeleye

PF –  Channing Frye/Jeff Green              PF – Guerschon Yabusele

C – Tristan Thompson                               C – Aron Baynes


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Prediction – Boston Celtics 106-99

In the end, I believe the Celtics will complete the upset and beat the Cavs on opening night. I predict Kryie, Gordon and Al will combine for 80 points and the suspect Celtics bench will give them enough support to hold off a weakened LeBron and the Cavaliers.

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