National Basketball Association fanatics and pundits alike have a hundred-and-one questions about what to expect tonight in Game #3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics on Thursday, May 17. NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 Line Report.
In the Boston Celtics’ 107-94 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night there was trash talking galore. There was a physicality to the contest that reminded one of old-school Association postseason play. It was, in a nutshell, a blast from the past, when the team with the All Star talent pitifully underachieved.
Or did they?
The Game #2 victory by the Celtics gave them a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. And if you believe the coach and player-speak in the post-game presser was sincere then the game also offered up reasons for the two teams to gang-bang tonight.
The primary contributor to the gangland war that is to take place tonight in Cleveland is courtesy of Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.
The official website of the National Basketball Association reported that “Tensions were already high between the teams as Game 2 wound down. That was because of a play with 3 minutes, 37 seconds left in the fourth quarter when JR Smith shoved an airborne Al Horford in the back. That resulted in a flagrant foul 1 on Smith, who has a history of some physical plays against the Celtics in playoffs series past. He was whistled for a flagrant foul in the 2015 Cavs-Celtics series for his hit on Jae Crowder.”
Cleveland bench boss Lue told the media that that the Celtics were “gooning the game up,” words that did not particularly seem to concern Boston.”
ESPN.com‘s Dave McMenamin on the Celtics’ response to Lue’s comments:
“I don’t even know what to say to that,” guard Jaylen Brown said. “I agree, I guess.”
McMenamin also reported that Boston forward Marcus Morris added his assessment.
“Gooning? That’s a good word,” Morris said. “S—, we’re doing what it takes. Whatever it takes, every player, 1 to 15, whatever it takes, that’s what we’re doing. You call it what you want to call it. We’re just trying to get the win.”
NBA Eastern Conference Finals Game 3 Line Report
The World’s Largest Race and Sportsbook posted Eastern Conference final Game #3 point-spread, total and exact series results propositions: