As Jae Crowder’s fall-away jumper splashed through the net with .8 seconds last night against the Toronto Raptors to go up 95-93, the Cleveland Cavaliers learned who their first round opponent would be in the upcoming NBA playoffs.
Boston’s victory of Toronto guaranteed them the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference and pushed their winning streak to five. The Celtics are 19-11 since the All-Star break, which is the third best mark in the Eastern Conference.
But LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the rest of the Cavaliers are in full focus mode and will shift to another gear when the playoffs tip off. According to ScoreBig.com, tickets to Cavaliers games at home in the first round of the playoffs against the Boston Celtics have an average price of $287.55. The Cavaliers first home game has an average ticket price of $236.75 with a walk-in price of $79 and is the cheapest of the four home games. The most expensive is Game 7 (if necessary), which is averaging $562.63 with a walk-in price of $87. Tickets for games at TD Garden are significantly cheaper, with the first two home games having an average ticket price under $130 and their final home game, which would be Game 6, averaging at $256.06 with a walk-in price of $175.
It’s the Cavaliers first playoff appearance since the 2009-10 season, where the Cavs were bounced by the Celtics in six games. James then bolted to the Miami Heat in free agency; when he went on to win two NBA championships.
Boston, meanwhile, is making their first playoff appearance since the 2012-13 campaign, and in a year where many figured they were still in rebuilding mode. As a result, Celtics tickets will be just as extremely sought-after.
The Celtics’ win against the Raptors also had some other playoff implications on other teams besides the Cavaliers. The Chicago Bulls officially have the No. 3 seed, and if the Cavs and Bulls both win their first round series, the two teams will meet in the conference semifinals. The Bulls are deemed to be the Cavaliers’ largest threat to reaching the NBA Finals.