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Play of the Day for Saturday, May 10, 2008

May 10, 2008 7:44 PM

by Mark Mayer |


At Cleveland

Cavaliers -1 vs Celtics (176)

The Cavaliers are down 2-0 and come off an 89-73 loss that wasnt nearly that close. LeBron James is playing the worst stretch of basketball in his life, shooting less than 20 percent from the field. And Cleveland is favored? Well, this is the NBA. And, in the playoffs the home team has won 11 straight games, going 9-1-1 against the spread. Utah was down 2-0 to Los Angeles and won as a favorite. San Antonio lost the first two games at New Orleans and won as a favorite. Its a trend were not willing to buck.

Remember, the Celtics merely held serve at home. Cleveland, with two wins in front of its raucous home crowd, evens the series. Also, the Celtics for all their dominance at the Garden lost all three road games at Atlanta in the playoffs. For whatever reason, Boston has not showed the same intensity away from home. James may not be King, but he should put up better in a must-win game for the Cavs. CLEVELAND.