WALTHAM — We still don’t know if LeBron James will wind up winning the MVP award with a unanimous vote, but there was no argument from the Celtics about his worthiness.

 

“He deserves it,” Doc Rivers said. “He earned it all year, so congratulations. I don’t think after Kobe [Bryant], and [Kevin] Durant and Dwight Howard, who doesn’t get enough credit for what he does with that team, there weren’t a lot of other choices.”

 

Various outlets in Cleveland are reporting that LeBron James has won his second straight Most Valuable Player award. According to the Plain-Dealer, it will be formally announced Sunday and he will be presented with the trophy by commissioner David Stern prior to Game 2 with the Celtics, Monday night. Read more coverage of the Celtics-Cavs series on Green Street.

Game 1 of the Celtics-Cavaliers series is set for 8 p.m., the league announced. The game will be broadcast on TNT, with radio coverage on WEEI. Times have been set for all of the games except Games 5 and 6.

 

I think the Celtics and Cavaliers each own one huge edge when you break down the two teams as we head into what I think will be a seven-game playoff series.



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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



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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.



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