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Eastern Conference Finals

The past few years, the NBA playoffs were pretty predictable with only a few powerhouse teams having a shot at the title. We saw so many series sweeps or blowout games that they were almost boring to watch.

With a few key trades and turnaround performances of late, 2018 might be the year of the showdown with a couple of game sevens still left to play. The Eastern Conference Finals begins Sunday at 3:30 PM between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.

Just a few weeks ago, not many people believed the Cleveland Cavaliers would even make it to this stage this year, which would be the the first time in three years. The Pacers took them all the way to game 7 before the Cavs could close them out in the first round.

The Cavs look like a completely different team from the regular season since they lost Kyrie Irving to the Celtics and were pushed to the limit in the first round. James’ teammates are starting to contribute more, and with LeBron’s personal statistics, he is continuing to perform at peak level in his 15th season. Through the playoffs so far, he is averaging 34.3 points per game and is even more unstoppable than ever.

With Kyrie’s knee issues, we likely won’t see the matchup we’ve all been waiting for between former teammates Irving and James, but Boston has plenty of young talent just waiting for the opportunity to dethrone the King. This is Boston’s first appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals since 2012. You can expect rookie Jayson Tatum to play a large roll as well as veteran Al Horford.

This article was originally published on @rschaaf3