The Celtics tip off their Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight at the Garden. The game will only be shown on TNT. Comcast SportsNet will only get to carry games 2 and if necessary, game 6 of this series. CSN will have full editions of Celtics Pre-Game Live & Celtics Post Game Live before the game tonight (7:30) and immediately after the game, and will include Tom Heinsohn and Mike Gorman as part of those programs.
Bob Ryan has a look at the singular force that is LeBron James. Scott Souza looks at how the Celtics will try and go about slowing down LeBron and the Cavs. Mark Murphy has a look at the matchup between Paul Pierce and LeBron, which has created some highlights and friction in the past. Kevin McNamara examines what the Celtics are up against in LeBron. Bill Doyle has Paul Pierce getting ready to face The King. Mike Fine looks at Pierce getting the unenviable assignment of guarding LeBron to start the games.
Peter May has five factors that may determine who wins this series. Steve Bulpett has five keys to the series for the two clubs. Murphy has a look at how the Celtics match up with the Cavs. Tim Weisberg provides us with a course in Cavs 101.
Christopher L. Gasper has the Celtics getting their focus on the Cavs after finally dispatching the Hawks on Sunday. Rich Thompson has James Posey getting ready for a huge dose of LeBron in this series. Bulpett says Rajon Rondo will be a key in this series as he tries to pressure the ball and make LeBron be forced to bring the ball up.
The Globe notebook has the two clubs praising each other rather than talking trash. McNamara’s notebook has the Celtics getting ready to renew acquaintances with Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West. Murphy’s notebook has Ray Allen trying to work through his cold shooting spell. Fine’s notebook has the Cavs paying respect to the Celtics’ traditions. Jim Fenton’s notebook has the former Celtics posing an outside threat in this series.