2018 ScheduleAll times ET

2018 Schedule
55-27, 2nd in Atlantic
Celtics' postseason road issues continue (0:54)
Rozier says Celtics 'needed' loss versus Cavs (0:22)
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9hChris Forsberg

Rozier: 'We needed to get our butts whooped'

After a 116-86 drubbing at the hands of the Cavaliers trimmed the Celtics' series lead to 2-1, guard Terry Rozier said he believes his team got a much-needed wake-up call. "We needed to get our butts whooped," Rozier said.

Cavaliers own Celtics from start to finish (0:55)
LeBron takes flight off Love's great pass (0:22)
Stephen A.: Cavs showed more urgency in Game 3 (2:14)
Stevens praises LeBron's passing ability (0:26)
Stevens: Celtics 'clearly not' harder playing team in Game 3 (0:43)

LeBron, Cavs overpower Celtics 116-86 at home in Game 3

LeBron James had 27 points and 12 assists, Kevin Love added 14 rebounds and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked like a different team on their home floor, tightening the Eastern Conference finals with a 116-86 victory in Game 3 over the Boston Celtics on...

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cavs head into the 4th Q with all five starters in double-digits and leading 87-63. LeBron James 27 pts, 9 ast, 4 reb, 2 stl, 2 blk; Kevin Love 13 pts, 14 reb, 4 ast; George Hill 13 pts, 2 ast; JR Smith 11 pts, 5 reb; Tristan Thompson 10 pts, 7 reb. Terry Rozier and Jayson Tatum both lead Boston with 13 pts apiece. The Celtics are shooting just 37.5 pct as a team.

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12hBrian Windhorst

Cavs finally unlocked, match LeBron's intensity to claim Game 3

In a make-or-miss postseason, Cleveland's shots finally went down, as LeBron James notched 12 assists and the Cavs went 17-of-34 from the 3-point line to claim their first win of the Eastern Conference finals.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James was 3-for-23 from 3 in the entirety of the Eastern Conference semifinals through Game 1 of the ECF. In his last game and a half, he's 8-for-14 from 3.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Cavs up 32-17 after 1Q. CLE shoots 6-for-11 from 3 (54.5 pct) and puts two players in double digits with LeBron James (12 pts on 4-for-6) and George Hill (11 pts on 4-for-7). Jayson Tatum (6 pts) leads Boston.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics took extremely good care of the basketball through the first two games of this series. In Game 3, four first-quarter turnovers didn't help the team's offensive woes. Cavaliers pushed their lead as high as 19 in the frame.

LeBron denies Baynes' dunk attempt (0:15)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The pregame coaches comments on the narratives coming into Game 3 mimicked one another. Tyronn Lue on the Cavs being 0-2 in the series: "We're not discouraged. We're ready for Game 3. 0-2 doesn't really mean anything." Brad Stevens on the Celtics being 1-4 on the road so far in the postseason: "We've only played five games [on the road in the playoffs]. I think it's a pretty small sample size."

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

George Hill and JR Smith combined to go 1-for-11 from 3 in Games 1 and 2. They are 2-for-4 from 3 in the first quarter of Game 3 so far.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Rozier has four points on 2-for-4 shooting to start Game 3. The rest of the Boston Celtics have started off 0-for-5.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

George Hill scores the first bucket of Game 3 with a driving layup in traffic. He vowed to be more aggressive and is showing that from the tip here.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Stevens' young nephew lives in Northeast Ohio and was offered extra credit if he wore any Cleveland gear to school last week. Stevens: “He wore all green. And three years ago he was all Cleveland stuff, so we're making strides with him."

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Hall of Famer Russell released from hospital

Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell was taken to the hospital on Friday and released Saturday. A representative told TMZ that Russell was suffering from dehydration.

Tatum grateful for Kobe's 'Detail' advice (0:54)
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22hChris Forsberg

Tatum has watched Kobe's critique '25 times'

In his series "Detail," Kobe Bryant offered Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum advice on how to improve, which Tatum says he has "probably watched like 25 times already."

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Celtics guard Shane Larkin traveled to Cleveland with the team but there is still no timeline for his return. Said Larkin: "I can get my arm above my ear, so that's finally there." Noted Brad Stevens: "I still don't anticipate him being available any time in the near future. He's still sore." Larkin got injured in Game 4 of the 76ers series.

Team Stats

Points Per Game104.020th
Rebounds Per Game44.58th
Assists Per Game22.520th
Points Allowed100.43rd

Team History