NBA Playoffs 2018: Celtics vs. Cavaliers Game 4 score, series schedule, TV channel, online stream

LeBron James and the Cavaliers proved that they weren't about to roll over in a huge Game 3 win over the Celtics on Saturday. And on Monday night they continued their work by evening the series at 2-2 with a 111-102 Game 4 win. They jumped out to a huge lead in the first half, then held off the Celtics' comeback attempt before eventually winning by nine. LeBron finished with 44 points on an incredibly efficient 17 of 28 from the field. 

Cleveland dealt with chaos throughout the regular season -- including unloading half of its roster at the trade deadline -- while Boston had injuries to the two players expected to lead them through the East. Where LeBron James is still playing like LeBron James, the Celtics have found heroics from unexpected places throughout these playoffs, specifically rookie Jayson Tatum.

The Celtics and the Cavaliers survived the Bucks and the Pacers -- respectively -- with both of those first-round series going to seven games. They then steamrolled their Conference Semifinal match-ups, with the Celtics halting The Process in just five games and the Cavaliers banishing the Raptors (again) in a sweep.

Here's what you need to know about these teams going into the Eastern Conference Finals.

No. 2 Boston Celtics vs. No. 4 Cleveland Cavaliers

How to watch Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals

  • Date: Monday, May 23
  • Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: TD Garden -- Boston, Massachusetts
  • TV: ESPN
  • Live stream: or WatchESPN app

Playoff series schedule

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Regular-season series: Cleveland 2-1

Last season's playoff results: Celtics eliminated by Cavaliers in Conference Finals 4-1, Cavaliers lost to Warriors in NBA Finals 4-1

Injury Report: Celtics G Shane Larkin out indefinitely (shoulder), Celtics G Kyrie Irving out for the season (knee), Celtics F Gordon Hayward out for season (ankle/leg), Celtics C Daniel Theis out for season (knee)

Celtics' projected starting lineup: G Terry Rozier; G Jaylen Brown; F Jayson Tatum; F Marcus Morris C Al Horford

Warriors' projected starting lineup: G George Hill; G JR Smith; F Kyle Korver; F LeBron James; F Kevin Love

SportsLine projections 

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2018 NBA Playoff Bracket

NBA Playoff bracket Igor Mello/CBS Sports
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