Kevin Love: Cavs, Celtics ‘stepped up’ play amid injuries, chaos

7:41 PM ET

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — For the second straight Eastern Conference finals and the third time in the past four postseasons, the Cleveland Cavaliers will face off against the Boston Celtics. But so much has changed, for both teams, from last year until now.

For starters, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has switched sides. However, he won’t be able to do any damage against his former team the way he did last spring to his current team, when he put up 25.8 points and 5.4 assists against the Celtics in the conference finals. Irving is sidelined for the series after undergoing a season-ending knee procedure in April.

“It’s tough to see him over there when we did play against him, because he’s a big part of what we did,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Winning the championship together, those days will never be lost. … It’s still the same love and the same respect because you’ve been through so much to win that championship. He’s a big part of what we did here, and it is kind

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