Celtics making path to NBA Finals a mission possible

We’re officially past the point of calling the Celtics’ playoff run improbable. There’s nothing improbable about the better team winning.

The Celtics aren’t carving a path to the NBA Finals using smoke and Roziers. Their play and their 2-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals is rooted in reality, the reality that even without Kyrie Irving the Celtics are outclassing and outcoaching the opposition with position-less, fearless, relentless basketball.

Remove name recognition, résumé, and ring collection from the equation, and it’s obvious the Celtics have a more complete team than Cleveland. The Cavaliers have LeBron James and the Celtics have everything else in this series — coaching, depth, defense, athleticism, effort, offensive balance. If there were ever one player who could tip the scales in his team’s favor single-handedly it’s James, who has ruled the East for seven straight years. ’Bron tried to do that in Game 2 on Tuesday night at TD Garden and the full weight of the Celtics team shifted the balance back in Boston’s direction.

The Celtics took LeBron’s best shot and then knocked out the Cavs. James was magnificent with a 42-point triple-double (12 assists and 10

Article source: https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2018/05/16/celtics-making-path-nba-finals-mission-possible/j9qfPiGOgWDtNKDo4bwWXM/story.html

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