Cavaliers Shake off Rust, Roll Past Celtics in Game 1
How many more days until the Finals? Ugh, too many.
Coming off a nine-day vacation, the Cleveland Cavaliers wasted no time shaking their rust off, rolling past the Boston Celtics in Game 1 by a score of 117-104. Leading by 22-points at the half, the Cavs made sure the Celtics had no way of coming back, instantly taking home court advantage away from their opposition.
Congratulations Celtics, you worked for it all season long – you can now have Game 7 on your home floor!
While apparently not feeling to well, LeBron James still came out and dropped 38-points on the Celtics, adding nine-boards and 7-assists in the winning effort. Kevin Love backed the face of the Cleveland franchise with 32-points and 12-rebounds of his own. The Cavs now improve to 9-0 in this year’s playoffs, one off of last year’s 10-0 start en route to their team’s first ever NBA championship.
“It was our two bigs that set the tone — Kev and Double-T [Tristan Thompson], they were phenomenal,” James said. “I saw it in Kev this morning. I knew what type of game he was going to have. So he came through for us.”
Tristan Thompson had himself quite a night as well. The Canadian-born big man chipped in with 20-points and nine-boards, while being his usual self on the offensive glass, picking up six offensive boards.
“We wanted to come in and set the tone and dictate the game. We felt like we did a good job doing that,” Love said. “It wasn’t just me. Everybody was moving the ball, passing the ball well.”
The Cavaliers finished the night shooting 48% from the field compared to the 47% that the Celtics shot. The Celtics also hit one more three-pointer than their opponents in Game 1, but it was the Cavaliers physicality, aggressiveness, and fast paced style of offence that helped Cleveland get 17-more attempts from the charity stripe for the game.
As many teams have asked in the past, now what? What can the Celtics do to slow down LeBron James?
The Celtics were led by Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder, both of whom scored 21-points apiece, while Isaiah Thomas finished with 17-points and 10-dimes. Head Coach Brad Stevens suggested that the Celtics may double team ‘King James’ moving forward, but really, the Celtics will struggle finding any body with the size and strength to match James.
With Game 2 coming up on Wednesday, the Celtics will have to come up with a better game plan quick, because James simply doesn’t lose when his team goes up 2-0 in a playoff series.