Was it really just four days ago that the Cavs left Boston for dead, rolling over the Celtics in Game 3 in the worst home playoff loss in Boston’s history?
It sure seemed like a lot longer than that Tuesday night as the Celtics returned the favor and put the Cavs season on the brink.
We’re now left to wonder what went wrong, how did the Cavs lose control of this series, and what’s next with Game 6 looming Thursday night?
Maybe the Cavs believed they broke Boston’s will after Game 3. If that’s true, the last two games should have told the Cavs that they need to do more than just show up to win this series.
The Cavs now face a must-win game in Boston to force a Game 7 and salvage the season. They were in the same spot last year against Orlando and we all remember how that turned out.
The team is also faced with the possibility of being the only team in NBA history to post consecutive 60-win seasons and not make it to the NBA finals. Just another feather in the cap of Cleveland sports. We can put that one up there with the Indians being the only team to lose a World Series to Atlanta.
Can the Cavs win two consecutive games against Boston? Sure. Will they? Well, here are two trends to ponder:
The Cavs are 0-4 when they trail 3-2 in a seven-game series.
The Celtics are 31-1 when they lead 3-2 in a seven-game series.
Since T.I.C., which trend seems most likely to continue?