Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Non-MVP LeBron James and his Cavaliers crush Celtics in Boston

In Game 1, the Celtics' All-Star guard sprinted cross-court in an attempt to block a James dunk.

"We're not scared of Cleveland. I've been going to war with these guys all year, and I know they're going to have their A-games as well, no matter what the outcome is". "He's put up huge numbers in these playoffs, so for us, we just made a conscious effort on our end to keep all eyes on him at all times, but also, respect the other guys and make the other guys do things they're uncomfortable doing". "He's a good player, but we've got to come out and make it more tough than we did last game".

Green did not play in the final two games against Washington, but he logged 13 minutes in Wednesday's Game 1 against Cleveland, when Boston showed some of its best energy of the night.

The "Big Three" combined for 74 points and didn't play the final 14 minutes.

The hip strain was considered significant enough that Thomas' availability for Game 7 against the Wizards was in doubt.

"Throwing different looks at him", center Tristan Thompson said. So we're going to focus on us, we're going to figure out ways to play better, and we're going to go after it on Sunday. He was pretty despondent not to be able to play. "That's just from these guys developing him". "I'm excited about Game 3".

But Stevens said Thomas' absence was "not 44 points-worth" of difference in the game. I think now that they are back in game mode, they should continue to roll. It was the second quarter in which the Cavs really blew it away. That was followed by another on Stevens. Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley each had 21 points to lead the team. "We'll find out what kind of team we ae how we respond".

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"I felt OK last night", James said Thursday. "They're not in my head".

James scored 30 points, Kyrie Irving had 23 points and Kevin Love notched 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who have now equalled an National Basketball Association record with their 13th straight playoff victory.

Brown won't start in Game 2. Kevin Love had 18 points and eight rebounds at the break.

Boston tried to fight back, scrambling to close out on defence and trying to send help to contain James on drives.

Rookie Jaylon Brown led the Celtics with 19 points.

The sequence that might have perfectly encapsulated the night for Boston came in the closing seconds of the first half. Winning the rebound battle will be crucial, but for that to happen, Al Horford is going to need domination in the post.

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