Watch: Celtics at Cavs Game 1, 3 p.m. ET
LeBron James is 9-0 in first-round series, while teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love make their postseason debuts. Since the All-Star break, the Celtics have the second-best record (20-11) in the East. The best? Cleveland (20-7). Live on ABC/WatchESPN
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
James on chances of making Finals
LeBron calls the Cavs a "first-year team" but is excited for the playoffs. Says the King: "It's the postseason. And we have a chance. And that's all you can ask." The 2-seed Cavs face the Celtics today at 3 p.m. ET on ABC.
Evans day-to-day with knee bruise
Sources tell ESPN's Marc Stein that Tyreke Evans' MRI exam revealed no structural damage. The Pelicans have listed Evans as questionable for Monday's Game 2 vs. the Warriors after he suffered the injury in a first-half collision with Golden State's Andre Iguodala in Game 1.
Brady offers to suit up if the C's need him
Tom Brady's latest Facebook post wishes the Celtics good luck as they start the playoffs today vs. the Cavs. He even commented on a user's post: "I'm ready to go if they need some hustle minutes!"
Experienced LeBron taking on Celtics
LeBron James & Co. face the Celtics today in Cleveland, and he has 158 games worth of playoff experience in his NBA career with both the Cavs and Heat -- that's 19 more than the Celtics have on their entire roster combined. Game 1 coming up live at 3 p.m. ET
Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
OTD: Sixers-Pistons brawl, fined $162K
Twenty-five years ago today, an infamous late-game brawl broke out when Bill Laimbeer was on the receiving end of a Charles Barkley left hook. Said Laimbeer after the game: "[Barkley's] a loser. ... Nothing he says is intelligible anyway." And what of Barkley? "I won two titles tonight. I won the division title with my teammates, and I retained my undisputed heavyweight championship of the world."
Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
Tyreke Evans is day-to-day with sore left knee says Monty Williams. Wasn't limping here at practice. No word on MRI.
Michael C. Wright @mikecwright
Splitter remains questionable for tonight, popovich just said. Will take it all the way up to game time.
Cleveland seeking long-awaited title
The Cavs are looking for their first championship in franchise history. The last Cleveland championship in any sport was 1964 -- that's 51 years ago -- when the Browns won the NFL Championship.
Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
Would probably go Spurs in 6 if Splitter were healthy. Spurs in 7 w/ his status unknown is dicey. Shame this series happens in 1st round.
Mike Mazzeo @MazzESPN
The 1994 Nuggets*, 1999 Knicks, 2007 Warriors, 2011 Grizzlies and 2012 76ers are the only teams to pull 8-over-1 upsets in playoff history
Cavs' quest to make history
The Cavaliers are seeking to become the 5th team in NBA history to win the title after missing the playoffs the previous season. Game 1 between the Celtics vs. Cavaliers coming up at 3 p.m. ET on ABC/WatchESPN.
Boston Celtics @celtics
Stevens: "There's always pressure to play your best. That's good pressure. You have to live up & play to your standards this time of year."
Chris Forsberg @ESPNForsberg
David Blatt: “I’m not a Celtics fan anymore. I haven’t been for a while. … My Celtics fan days were Bill Russell and the crew."
ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo
LeBron James has never lost a 1st-Round series in his career, going 9-0.
Doc Rivers: CP3's intensity is like KG
"Kevin [Garnett] was insane. He was insane, I'm telling you, in a very positive way, but he was on another level. ... They're similar in the fact of their intensity and their preparation, but Chris [Paul] is not anything like KG as far as outward emotions. Chris is the exact opposite of that."
Cavs, Celtics get things started
Today's NBA playoffs schedule:
- Celtics at Cavaliers, 3 ET, ABC
- Nets at Hawks, 5:30 ET
- Trail Blazers at Grizzlies, 8 ET
- Spurs at Clippers, 10:30 ET