WALTHAM – The Celtics have a problem and his name is LeBron James, but that’s far from the only thing that concerns them heading into their conference semifinals matchup with the



WALTHAM -- When the Celtics open their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Cavaliers on Saturday night in Cleveland, it will be the first time in the era of the new 'Big 3' they're opening a playoff series on the road. It will also mark the second time in three seasons the two teams are meeting in the second round.


Reports out of Cleveland indicate that LeBron James has a strain in his right elbow and a bone bruise. He is not expected to miss any time in the upcoming series with the Celtics.

The NBA has set the dates for the Celtics' conference semifinal series with the Cavaliers. Most of the times are still to be determined. The Celtics get a bit of a break with three days off between Games 2 and 3.


Game 1: Saturday, May 1: Boston at Cleveland, Time to be determined

Game 2: Monday, May 3: Boston at Cleveland, TBD

Game 3: Friday, May 7: Cleveland at Boston, TBD

Game 4: Sunday, May 9: Cleveland at Boston, 3:30

*Game 5: Tuesday, May 11: Boston at Cleveland, TBD

*Game 6: Thursday, May 13: Cleveland at Boston, TBD

Celtics coach Doc Rivers made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the C's second-round playoff series against the Cavaliers, set to start Saturday. Rivers said he does not believe LeBron James' elbow injury will slow down the superstar. "I don't think it will have any effect on him," Rivers said. "I think he'll be fine. If he shoots Games 1, 2, 3, 4 left-handed, then I would say something's wrong. Other than that, he'll be fine."


The Cleveland Cavaliers have the best record in the NBA and the best player in the world on their roster.



Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge joined The Big Show on Wednesday and talked about his team's playoff hopes. The Celtics looked strong in a first-round win over the Heat after struggling for much of the regular season. "I think that the inconsistency is more a state of mind," Ainge said. "Everyone said we're going to turn the button on and off. I don't think we did that except in the course of each game. It was like we came out to play all the big games of the year and many others.

LeBron James insists that he is "healthy" and "looking forward" to a second-round battle with the Celtics despite having an MRI on his right elbow Monday afternoon. The results of the MRI revealed no structural damage.


The reigning league MVP struggled with elbow discomfort during the Cavaliers' first-round victory over the Bulls, leaving Game 4 to go to the locker room for treatment and taking a free throw left-handed in the final moments of Tuesday night's series-clincher.


Four of the Celtics ranked among the top 15 most popular NBA jerseys this season, while the Celtics ranked second in team merchandise, the league announced Wednesday.


Kevin Garnett (third), Paul Pierce (eighth), Nate Robinson (11th), and Rajon Rondo (15th) made the list, which was topped by Kobe Bryant. The Lakers earned the top spot for most popular team merchandise.


Ray Allen didn’t approach Game 5 against the Heat any differently than the rest of the games.

He arrived at TD Garden at 2:45 in the afternoon, just over four hours before tipoff. He followed his usual game-day routine — change clothes, stretch, shoot. Nothing more, nothing less.