Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

LeBron and Co. cruise past Celtics in game one romp

LeBron and Co. cruise past Celtics in game one romp

"He's really setting the tone for us in these playoffs", Lue said.

Worryingly for the Celtics, James told TNT after the game he wasn't feeling in the best of shape after the week-and-a-half break. Rookie Brown gave the Celtics quality minutes off the bench, demonstrating hustle in finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds while occasionally finding himself matched up with James.

"He's better than when I got into the league, a lot better", Stevens said.

The Cavs, playing their first game since May 7, put on a clinic, leading wire to wire.

The Cavs dominated Game 1 at TD Garden from start to finish, and any Game 2 prediction that doesn't include a victory for Cleveland doesn't make much sense. The Celtics had some semblance of an actual basketball team in the third and fourth quarter, as six of their players hit double digits in points, but after shooting 31% from deep, the closest they ever came to upsetting the Cavaliers was late in garbage time when they pulled to a single digit deficit.

LeBron not only thinks the Cavs can play better as a team, he also said that he "didn't feel that great". "In this next series, we have some matchups he can definitely take advantage of and it's on me to make sure we do that". "The energy and effort and mindset was where it needed to be starting on the road, especially in the Eastern Conference Finals".

LeBron James scored 38 points and Kevin Love scored 32 with 12 rebounds for Cleveland, which led by 22 at the half and extended it to 28 points in the third quarter. No matter what the Celtics did defensively or who they assigned to guard James, he had his way and finished with 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists with a large chunk of points scored at the rim off drives to the basket. Those three games were the the 2015 East Finals vs. Atlanta, the 2010 East Quarters vs.

Against the Wizards, it was turnovers that absolutely killed games for them.

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The defending NBA Champion Cavaliers aim to take a 2-0 series lead over the Boston Celtics on Friday night. Thomas was terrible in the opener, going 7-for-19 with 17 points and four turnovers.

TT: Tristan Thompson had a big game with 20 points and 9 rebounds.

Stat E: Despite advancing to seven career NBA Finals (2007 and 2011-16) in his 11 playoff trips prior to this season, LeBron James' teams have only captured the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed four times.

"You know, it's a physical game", James said. "We're just kind of riding it, and Kevin and Kyrie and everybody else is just filling in". James scored 25 in a ideal first half, and the Celtics made just enough shots to force him to continue mauling them on both ends of the floor in the second. "On both ends of the floor our game plan was pretty tight".

Closing In: LeBron James started the series with 5,847 points to trail Michael Jordan by 140 points on the NBA's all-time playoff scoring list entering the Eastern Conference Finals. The pair were whistled for double fouls on one occasion and came together on other occasions.

The Cavaliers led by double digits nearly throughout the game and a Cavalier-Warrior Finals III has never looked so likely.

-The Cavaliers improved to 9-0 in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. "We have to be ready for it. Well, back to the drawing board I guess".

Kelly Olynyk, the hero of Game 7 against Washington with 26 points, was held scoreless in the opener against Cleveland until Boston's last shot of the game. Boston C Al Horford on the Celtics getting the top pick in the lottery: "That's big for our franchise".

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