Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Basketball: Cavaliers crush Celtics in Game One of NBA Eastern Conference Finals


The Cleveland Cavaliers will face an opponent with as much heart as its leader in the Boston Celtics. "They were more physical", Thomas said.

"With a team like that, the defending champs, you can't let them hit first", he said, according to the team's official Twitter account. Isaiah Thomas throwing himself into LeBron's crotch in vain is a neat encapsulation of the Celtics' night on defense.

The Celtics may be able to keep up with threes of their own, but they will try to lock down Cleveland outside. They had to play a James-led team, and James has never been anxious about not having the top seed.

James will have games where he proves that he is the best player in the National Basketball Association, and that's ok. Smith has the defensive ability to contain Bradley and Bradley, while being a great defender, will have trouble with the fact that Smith prefers the tougher shots. "We miss him out there, but he'll get healthy and in the meantime it's up to the rest of us to stay ready". Celtics forward Jae Crowder said when asked about the club's slim chances against the defending champions. Every possession will count even more against the Cavs. Kevin Love had a great night shooting the ball and keeping Al Horford in check, and Tristan Thompson was a terror in the skies, but it seemed that every possession looked like this. Haha, just kidding. He's way better than Olynyk.

There's no sense in trying to deny that the Celtics have toppled some obstacles to get to this point. Thompson is averaging 10.6 rebounds per game in the playoffs and 4.9 offensive rebounds per game. Cleveland rang up 116.3 points per game against Boston, led by 29.3 per game from LeBron James. This group of guys we have, we're not really focused on the outside noise and what they think we're going to do. Unfortunately, you will be needing an authentication with your cable provider should you want to watch Cavaliers vs. Celtics Game 1 live stream on Watch TNT.

The Celtics are making 11.6 three-point attempts per game. James has made 47% of his three-pointers but his passing to a wealth of shooters makes Cleveland's three-point game lethal.

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Points Olynyk scored in a 31/2-minute stretch.

That's a difference of 15.7 points per game. Thomas will likely embrace the pressure and the spotlight. The final score was not that imposing, as the Cavs won just 117-104, but Cleveland emotionally disemboweled the Celtics early and turned the entire second half into a soggy exhibition.

No other Washington player reached double figures, thereby highlighting the team's lack of options off the bench.

Of course, none of what Boston does on offence will truly matter unless they manage to slow down a red-hot Cavaliers offence, which is now shooting lights out at 43.4 per cent on 3-pointers, a mark even better than their efficient 39.1 per cent in the regular season. In the lone Celtics win, Smith and Love were injured. I'm exhausted of losing in the second round. May 30: Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics, 10:30 A.M. The Cavs were 20-21 on the road in the regular season, but they are 4-0 on the road in the playoffs.

The difference between the rhetoric paints a telling picture.

While this accolade could go to LeBron James after pretty much any Cavaliers victory, tonight our hats are off to Kevin Love. However, the Cavs aren't focused on the narrative, they're focused on the goal.

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