The Boston Celtics have one NBA expert believing that they can upset East’s best team Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James in the 2016 NBA Playoffs in George Karl, the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.
The Celtics hosted Karl’s Kings on Sunday and before the game the veteran mentor shared his thoughts on the possibility that Boston face the Cavaliers in the playoffs and said that the Celtics have a shot at beating the defending Eastern Conference champions.
“I’ll tell you what. I think they have a chance against Cleveland,” Karl said to masslive.com.
“They’re a 48-minute team, that’s what I like. The first thing I saw was that their bench is probably as strong as their starters. Their energy is good – more consistent than most NBA teams I watch on video. They don’t have a lot of ego, and I think they know that their defense creates offense for them, so they play that at a very difficult and high-energized level.”
The Cavaliers are at the top of the East with 36 wins against 14 losses while the Celtics are in third place with a 31-22 record or 6.5 behind LeBron’s team.
The Celtics beat the Kings on Sunday, 128-119 and Boston showed the kind of energy and teamwork Karl described pregame. Six players scored in double figures for the Celtics in the win, with three coming off the bench.
Avery Bradley, who hit a game-winner over James and the Cavaliers in their previous game, top-scored with 25 points while Isaiah Thomas and Jared Sullinger added 22 and 21 points, respectively.
Reserves Tyler Zeller had 17 points, Evan Turner had 11 and Kelly Olynyk had 10 points.
With a performance like Sunday, the Celtics showed that they are capable of winning if everyone is contributing. Can they do the same in the playoffs against LeBron James and the Cavaliers?
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