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Cleveland Cavaliers will take on the Boston Celtics in Round 2. Game 1 is Tuesday

The Cleveland Cavaliers are heading to Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs after eliminating the Magic on Sunday.

The Cavs could take the second round of the NBA playoffs as a given during LeBron James’ two stints with the team. With the Cavs, James never lost a first-round playoff series and went 9-for-9.

Minus LeBron? The second round is pretty rare territory for the Cavs. This is only the fourth Cavs team not led by LeBron to win the opening playoff series. And just the third of those teams to do it in the current playoff format.

The Cavs will face the top-seeded Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Here’s what we know about the series:

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum drives to the basket against Cavaliers forward Georges Niang during the first half, March 5, 2024, in Cleveland.Celtics forward Jayson Tatum drives to the basket against Cavaliers forward Georges Niang during the first half, March 5, 2024, in Cleveland.

Celtics forward Jayson Tatum drives to the basket against Cavaliers forward Georges Niang during the first half, March 5, 2024, in Cleveland.

When do the Cavaliers play next?

The Cavs open the best-of-seven series in Boston on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally by TNT.

The Cavs are the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference bracket, while the Celtics are the No. 1 seed. The Knicks and Pacers are on the other half of the bracket. Their Game 1 is Monday.

Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell hugs guard Darius Garland during introductions before Game 7 of a first-round playoff series, May 5, 2024, in Cleveland.Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell hugs guard Darius Garland during introductions before Game 7 of a first-round playoff series, May 5, 2024, in Cleveland.

Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell hugs guard Darius Garland during introductions before Game 7 of a first-round playoff series, May 5, 2024, in Cleveland.

Cavs playoff schedule

The Cavs-Celtics series begins with two games in Boston, two in Cleveland and then alternates between the two cities as Games 5, 6 and 7 are required.

Here’s a look at the schedule released by the NBA.

  • Game 1: Cavs at Celtics – Tuesday, May 7 at 7:00 PM in Boston on TNT

  • Game 2: Cavs at Celtics – Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 PM in Boston on ESPN

  • Game 3: Cavs vs. Celtics – 8:30 PM Saturday, May 11 in Cleveland on ABC

  • Game 4: Cavs vs. Celtics – time TBA Monday, May 13 in Cleveland on TNT

  • Game 5: Cavs at Celtics – time TBA Wednesday, May 15, in Boston, TNT (if necessary)

  • Game 6: Cavs vs. Celtics – time TBD Friday, May 17, at Cleveland, ESPN (if necessary)

  • Game 7: Cavs at Celtics – time TBA Sunday, May 19, in Boston, TV TBA (if necessary)

NBA Playoff Bracket: Eastern Conference Semifinals

Cavs vs. Celtics are scoring this season

The Cavs and Celtics played three times and Boston won 2-1. The Celtics won both games played in Boston and the Cavs won at home.

The two games in Boston were played in December when the two teams played each other in consecutive games. The Celtics won 120-113 on December 12 and 116-107 on December 14. Cleveland won 105-104 on March 5.

Cavs forward Evan Mobley did not play in either December game and was limited in his minutes when they played in March, while All-Star Donovan Mitchell did not play in the March game.

Celtics stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown played in all three games.

The Cavs beat the Celtics in the ‘Dean Wade Game’

March 5, 2024: Dean Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates with Travis Kelce after the Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.March 5, 2024: Dean Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates with Travis Kelce after the Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

March 5, 2024: Dean Wade of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates with Travis Kelce after the Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Cleveland’s win over Boston this season was memorable for three reasons: the Cavs erased a big deficit, Dean Wade had about as good a dozen minutes as he’s likely to ever have in an NBA game, and the Kelce brothers sat courtside to cheer on their hometown. Cavs.

Wade himself outscored the Celtics in the fourth quarter when he scored 20 points to help lead the Cavs back from a 22-point deficit. Read more about the game here. Wade was injured late in the regular season and the forward was out for the entire first round.

This article originally appeared on The Repository: Cleveland Cavs next game, Playoff schedule vs Celtics, 2024 bracket