Cavs meet again the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals Rematch

NBA – The cast in the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals is now complete, the Boston Celtics defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 5 to advance into the next round and will be facing the already awaiting Cleveland Cavaliers that sweep their own series match against the #1 seed in the East the Toronto Raptors. 

Last season these two teams met in the conference finals where the Cavaliers won the series 4 games to 1, that year LeBron James has still Kyrie Irving and the Celtics has the MVP Regular Season candidate Isaiah Thomas and defensive specialist Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and Kelly Olynyk in their starting five.

But at the start of the 2017 – 2018 NBA Regular Season, these two teams made a blockbuster deal that trade Kyrie Irving to the Celtics in exchange of 4 Celtics players Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and 1st round pick to the Cavaliers. Though Irving will not be seen in Cavs/Celtics rematch to face his former team due to injury, Thomas and Crowder are also not with the Cavs which they are traded during the trade deadline.

The Cavaliers have the slight advantage in the upcoming series due to LeBron James advantages as the best player for both teams. James is on his 8th straight Conference Finals and is also eyeing his 8th straight NBA Finals appearance.

Meanwhile, who would have thought that this Celtics team, who lost Gordon Hayward in the very 1st game of the season and Kyrie Irving injury in March that ends his season would be able to advance in the Conference Finals despite the remaining players are almost all role players.

Al Horford the only remaining Celtics player in last year, starting five could be a key player in the upcoming series along with rookie Jason Tatum, Jalen Brown, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris, Terry Rozier and their brilliant Head Coach Brad Steven.

Many basketball experts and analyst predicted that the Cavs will come out of the East but who knows, the Celtics  might upset the reigning and defending Eastern Conference Champion?