Cavs host Celtics before hitting the road for west coast trip

Cleveland has won 6 of 9 since the All Star break at home

Daryl Ruiter
March 26, 2019 - 1:03 pm
Mar 22, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari (8) defends Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Cavaliers host the playoff-bound, but Kyrie-less Boston Celtics Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

The game precedes a five-game west coast trip that begins Thursday night in San Antonio and the Cavs would like to hit the road on a high note if they can.

“It’s good for us to have a good showing before we head on the road,” Kevin Love, who has 11 double-doubles in just 19 games this season, said Tuesday morning. “We play five games on this road trip so that’s a big one for us before we come home so I think it’s important.

“We’ve had so much success here lately so it’s imperative we play well, especially against a good team.”

The Cavs are 6-3 at home since the All-Star break and are averaging 111.1 points and 13.4 three-pointers (.376 3FG%) during that stretch.

The Celtics, who don't play again until Friday night, said they are sitting Irving because of load management.

“We know that Kyrie’s out but this is a team that’s I believe 5-0 with this lineup they have playing here tonight,” Love said. “Some guys are questionable but no matter who they have, they’re a very talented team.”

Boston listed Al Horford (left knee soreness) and Jayson Tatum (right low back contusion) as questionable and Robert Williams (low back contusion) as doubtful for the game.

Free throws – Since Feb. 25 (14 games), the Cavs are shooting an NBA-best .832 (257-309) from the charity stripe.

Milestone watch – Love is 27 points away from the 12,000-mark and can become just the eighth player in NBA history to accumulate at least 12,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 1,000 three-pointers (Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, LeBron James, Rasheed Wallace, Antawn Jamison).

Channing Frye is two rebounds away from 4,000 and could become just the 36th player in NBA history to accumulate at least 4,000 rebounds and 1,000 three-pointers.

Winding down – When the Cavs return from the west coast, they’ll finish the season with two games at home on April 7 against the Spurs and the ninth against the Hornets.