LeBron, Love help Cavs rout Celtics in Game 1
With the win, the second-seeded Cavaliers have now notched nine consecutive victories to begin the postseason. Watching this Boston-Cleveland series is kind of like watching a game of Spades, knowing Boston has a great hand by most standards, only to realize the Cavs are whipping out Aces left and right.
Boston Celtics players and coaches watch from the bench during the final minutes of Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Boston. Tristan Thompson, one of the most powerful weapons for the Cleveland Cavaliers, showed he can score also. Though the winning margin was only 13 points, the Cavs had a huge lead throughout most of the game.
He was efficient, scoring from the outside, rolling downhill and getting to the rim at will, passing to teammates and locking down Boston’s scorers when called upon.
LeBron James looked like the 9-day rest only made him stronger, not rusty like in past playoffs.
“We put in a lot of work”, James said. I knew what type of game he was going to have.
“Amazing, but he’s better than when I first got into the league”, said Celtics fourth-year coach Brad Stevens of James. Good luck with that Boston.
“We wanted to come in and set the tone and dictate the game and we felt like we did a good job of doing that”, Love said. He bullied them in the post until effortlessly swishing a fadeaway J. Go small? “That’s what good teams do, and we have to be ready for whatever they bring to the table”.
“Happy @James Harden was able to bounce back from his tough 29/8/6 performance last season to prove again he is one of the 15 best National Basketball Association players”, Morey wrote. They compiled a 26-point lead in the first half and expanding it to 28 in the third quarter before the Celtics cut it down to 17 at the end of the quarter.
A loss Friday would also leave Boston with the daunting proposition of having to win four out of five games to take the series – a almost impossible task against a team that since James returned to Cleveland in 2014-15 has a 33-4 playoff record against Eastern Conference opponents.
“Let’s face it”, Reggie Miller said, “[the Celtics] are playing with house money”. Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Al Horford and Kelly Olynyk have all proven that they should be able to hit their open shots. He also had a team-high four turnovers – another red flag for Boston’s prospects. “They were more physical”, Thomas said. “I saw it in Kev this morning”. “We’ve just got to expect that and understand that there might be dirty plays, there might be cheap shots or whatever coming from the other side”.