The Cleveland Cavaliers will host the Boston Celtics on Monday night. Here is how to watch this Eastern Conference NBA playoff game online via live streaming.
After falling into a dispiriting 0-2 hole, the Cavaliers pulled back within a game of Boston on Saturday night with a resounding 30-point win. Monday night, Cleveland will have a chance to even the series back up at two by protecting its home court once again.
Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Eastern on May 21, 2018 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN and can be streamed online via NBA League Pass and FuboTV.
The first two games of this series left little doubt that Boston was the better all-around team. Anchored by Al Horford, the Celtics make so few mistakes on both ends of the floor as to leave no gaps for their opponents to exploit. Most every rotation player – nearly all of whom are on rookie-scale or bargain contracts – has punched at or above his weight throughout the playoffs. All five Boston starters are averaging double-digit points in this series, and the versatility of the Celtics’ roster has proved a difficult quality for Cleveland to overcome.
But while the Celtics have been the better team thus far, Cleveland unquestionably has the best player in the series in LeBron James. Even in losses, James has been dominant the last two games, averaging 28 points, seven rebounds and 11 assists for the series while shooting nearly 43 percent from 3-point range despite a lackluster Game 1. Kevin Love is playing his best basketball of the playoffs – 17.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and three assists per game – and the Cavaliers finally got some production from their role players in Game 3. Still, it has been James at the head of it all. Even more so than in the regular season, virtually every set and every shot comes as a result of James’ playmaking, whether he’s the one finishing the play or not.
The Celtics have made things more difficult on James than Toronto managed to in the second round. Those previously uncontested forays into the paint must now go through thickets of arms and bodies. Pinpoint passes to the perimeter must navigate more complex help positioning. James already has twice as many turnovers through three games against Boston (16) than he did in four against the Raptors. He will be the axis on which this series turns, as he nearly always is.