The Toronto Raptors had the chance in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals to knock off the Cavaliers — and it was six games before that dream died. This year the surging Boston Celtics are planning to knock off the Cavs — and they’d like to have the home court advantage to help them. The Celtics are the hottest team East of the Sierra Nevadas (with apologies to the also-red-hot Wizards). Isaiah Thomas and Celtics hit the road to open up their post All-Star break push, taking on Toronto and sitting 3 games back of the Cavs. Their goal is to have home court by the time the ball drops on the regular season, something Toronto didn’t have. Thomas and the Celtics understand that well.
Can Boston catch Cleveland? Isaiah Thomas says, “That’s the plan.”
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) February 23, 2017
Add Thomas’s confidence and sense of mission to some other really good news for Boston: Avery Bradley has practiced and will return to the team. More good news? The Celtics — who won 9-of-11 going into the break — don’t need to rush Bradley back. Toronto will look to recover its winning form coming out of the break too. This should be a great game. Friday at 8pm ET on ESPN.