Jayson Tatum leads Celtics to Eastern Conference finals

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Boston Celtics Advances to Eastern Conference Finals

The Boston Celtics emerged victorious in a commanding 113-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, propelling them to the Eastern Conference finals for the third consecutive season. Led by Jayson Tatum’s stellar performance of 25 points and 10 rebounds, alongside Al Horford’s noteworthy 22-point, 15-rebound contribution, the Celtics showcased their dominance on Wednesday night.

Boston’s impressive display was highlighted by their remarkable 19 3-pointers, with Horford accounting for six of them. This victory marked the Celtics’ third consecutive win of the series, securing a decisive 4-1 triumph over the Cavaliers. Looking ahead, the Celtics will now await the outcome of the series between the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, as New York currently leads with a 3-2 advantage.

Cavaliers Face Challenges Amid Short-Handed Lineup

The Cavaliers faced considerable challenges during the game, particularly due to the absence of key players such as All-Star Donovan Mitchell, center Jarrett Allen, and key reserve Caris LeVert. Despite their short-handed roster, Cleveland managed to stay competitive through the first three quarters, closing the gap to 88-85 early in the fourth quarter.

However, the Celtics ultimately pulled away with a decisive 13-2 run, establishing a commanding 101-87 lead with 6:44 remaining in the game. Evan Mobley led the charge for the resilient Cavaliers, delivering a stellar playoff career-high performance with 33 points and seven rebounds. Marcus Morris Sr. also made significant contributions with five 3-pointers and a total of 25 points.

Uncertainty Looms Over Cavaliers’ Future

As the Cavaliers look towards the offseason, uncertainty surrounds the future of Donovan Mitchell and head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Mitchell, who has been an indispensable asset for Cleveland throughout the season, has yet to provide clarity on his future with the team. Despite an impressive playoff run averaging 29.6 points, Mitchell’s absence in the final games has raised questions about his potential departure.

Similarly, coach J.B. Bickerstaff, wrapping up his fourth full season with the Cavaliers, faces speculation about his tenure with the team. With a record of 170-159 and two playoff appearances under his belt, Bickerstaff’s future in Cleveland remains uncertain.

Reflecting on a hard-fought series, the Cavaliers utilized the 3-point line effectively to keep pace with the Celtics, showcasing resilience and determination throughout the games. While facing an uphill battle in the absence of key players, Cleveland demonstrated grit and perseverance, setting the stage for an offseason of contemplation and potential roster adjustments.

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