Celtics at 76ers, 2:00 p.m. PT on ESPN
With Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, and more out with injuries, few expected the Celtics to be in the position they are now. But Terry Rozier and Al Horford (and of course, coach Brad Stevens) have led the Celtics to a 2-0 lead. They’ve put the clamps on Ben Simmons and have attacked the weak spots in the Sixers defense.
The Sixers still have a chance, but they’ll need more from Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and their role players will have to hit their threes. But it’s an uphill climb for sure, and the Celtics seem primed for their second consecutive Eastern Conference Finals run. With all their recent roster changes and their many injuries, it would truly be a spectacular feat for Brad Stevens.
Raptors at Cavaliers, 5:30 p.m. PT on ABC
Well, the Raptors are frauds. Or at the very least, they’re woefully suited for this matchup: They don’t have many guys to throw at LeBron, their bigs are too slow, and their guards are too small. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have not risen to the occasion.
But give the Cavs credit: LeBron is going nuclear, and their shooters are hitting their open threes. Kevin Love is playing well, and the entire team looks way more functional than it did against the Pacers.
If the Raptors win this game, there’s a chance they could rediscover their regular season dominance. But they could also get wiped out, and it wouldn’t be any bit surprising now. The moral of the story is: don’t bet against LeBron because the rest of the East has no chance.