PER Diem: March 6, 2009

Friday's Cavs-Celtics game could determine home-court advantage in the East

Updated: March 6, 2009, 10:41 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- It's showdown time. The two kingpins of the East, not to mention the top two teams in the Power Rankings for weeks now, meet tonight at TD Banknorth Garden when the Celtics host the Cavaliers.

I'm just back from the Cavs' shootaround, where they went unusually long -- about two hours -- as they tried to introduce Joe Smith to some of the changes they've made offensively since he left a year ago.

And presumably, they also went a little longer than usual given the importance ...

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