By Danny Dragin
And then there were two — series, that is. The Celtics are clearly in control vs. the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, while the Warriors wrested home-court advantage away from the Rockets in Houston. WEEI.com’s Danny Dragin called a Celtics-Warriors final last week, and he’s not backing off that assessment in his latest playoff power rankings.
Boston Celtics (2) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (0)
It is completely astounding to me that people who call themselves Celtics fans are even toying with the idea that they should trade either Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward. Obviously the young core is extremely impressive, and also successful, but the idea that getting rid of one of those two guys would make the C’s better in the long run is blasphemous. Right now the Celtics are making a Cavs team that was in the Finals last year look like it barely belongs in the playoffs, and that’s with probably the best version of LeBron James ever. Jaylen Brown has had back-to-back 23-point games, while Al Horford managed to score 20 in Game 1 while shooting 80 percent from the floor. As a unit, the Celtics held James to 15 points, seven turnovers, and a minus-32 in Game 1. Although the Celtics are in a great position going into Cleveland, just remember that the Cavs managed to eviscerate the C’s by 22 points on Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement night.
Houston Rockets (1) vs. Golden State Warriors (1)
If you’re a Celtics fan, then you should be rooting for the Rockets to pull out this series, because Houston creates a much better matchup for the Celtics than the Warriors. The Rockets managed to shoot the lights out in their Game 2 win. James Harden and Eric Gordon had 27 points apiece, and the Rockets managed to shut down pretty much everyone except Kevin Durant, who had 38 points. Houston might be the only team that can go toe to toe with the Warriors in a shootout, which could maybe be scary for the Finals, but don’t forget that Marcus Smart has lived in James Harden’s head all year long.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog