Cavaliers get off to quick start in rout of Celtics

Cavaliers get off to quick start in rout of Celtics

The final score, a mere 13-point victory for the Cavaliers isn't actually representative of how lopsided this matchup was in almost every facet of the game, as Cleveland beat the living spirit out of Boston to take a 1-0 lead in the series. He had the same job two years ago when the Cavaliers swept the Celtics out of the playoffs in the first round on their way to the NBA Finals. Or will Boston Celtics finally break the tradition and become the new Eastern Conference representatives in the NBA Finals? "You can't dig yourself a hole like that against them".

Game 2 will tip off tomorrow at 8:30pm but if last night was any indication your Friday night would be better served elsewhere. 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. And if that wasn't enough, just to put the fear of God Almighty into the Celtics, in the post-match conference, LeBron quipped, "After ten days off, I didn't feel that great, but I know I'll feel a lot better going into Game 2". I thought he played well.

The win was the Cavs' 12th straight in the playoffs, dating back to the last three games of the finals a year ago. And that led to the Cleveland Cavaliers running them out of the building - for the first half at least - as Cleveland came away with a 117-104 Game 1 win. There's a showdown with the Warriors coming, and figuring out how to unleash Love on offense is one step toward a successful defense of their championship in the Finals.

-Boston suffered their first lost at home since Game 2 in the opening series of the playoffs against the Chicago Bulls. We have to game plan for what they bring to the table. Still, great effort is an absolute must for any team to have if they have visions of knocking off the Cavs, winners of 12 straight playoff games dating back to last season's title run.

But after sleeping on it and showing up for practice Thursday at TD Garden, the Cavs gave a collective shrug to two plays involving Isaiah Thomas from Game 1 that drew sharp reactions from Cavs fans and coach Tyronn Lue. We want to let everybody in this world know that we're for real, and we're one of the top teams in the National Basketball Association, and with this series we've got to go out and show the world because like everybody knows, everybody is counting us out.

The Celtics have netted the number 1 pick in the college draft adding to the bright outlook for the future. "I don't know the - when they look at it and when they don't look at it as far as the officials".

James said the Cavs are mentally preparing for the Celtics' best shot in Game 2.

Stevens said the Cavaliers rebound well offensively because opponents have to defend everybody.

Stevens admitted prior to the game that he wanted to avoid scrambling defensively, leading to more open shots and difficulty rebounding. Love also did something the C's were unable to do - convert open shots from deep. He was right about that, too.

On Wednesday, three players scored 20 or more points for the Cavaliers (James - 38, Love - 32, Thompson - 20). The Celtics tried a couple of other guys, but aside from a few nice possessions from Brown, a rookie, nothing came close to working.



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