Scottie Pippen had perhaps an unpopular hot-take after the Cleveland Cavaliers seem to have regained their true form after sweeping the Toronto Raptors, coming off a testy seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers.
The Hall of Fame forward could see the Boston Celtics dethroning the Cavs’ three-year reign of terror in the East.
“Yes, I think Boston could beat the Cavs,” the legendary Chicago Bulls small forward said on the set of ESPN’s The Jump. “I like the fact that Boston is playing with so much confidence and their young players are stepping up and showing their leadership.”
Pippen later expanded into the individual matchups, noting the Celtics’ youth is clicking on all cylinders, while the Cavs have only done so in their most recent series.
“[Jayson] Tatum will be a great match-up for LeBron,” said Pippen. “I think [Terry] Rozier is playing out of his mind right now, his confidence is off the chart. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, they’ve got guys that are committed to winning and they are working hard at it.”
“That’s what you like in terms of watching playoff basketball, you like to see a team giving their best effort. That’s what the Celtics have been doing.”
The Celtics are on the verge of securing an Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Cavs, only a win away from punching their ticket, which they’ll try to do tonight at the TD Garden against the Philadelphia 76ers.