Celtics humble Cavaliers in National Basketball Association playoff series opener

Celtics humble Cavaliers in National Basketball Association playoff series opener

LeBron James has been playing some outstanding basketball during the postseason, but Sunday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals was a completely different story.

Just ask the Indiana Pacers.

The Celtics scored 61 points in the first half against the Cavs, allowing only 35 points.

James, who did not address the media Monday, also said Sunday night: "I have zero level of concern at this stage". "He's always done it even before he came back to Cleveland, and since I've been here, he's always responded big".

Boston's Jayson Tatum is airborne as he drives past Kevin Love and LeBron James in the 108-83 victory over Cleveland in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. "I'll be able to tell my kids this one day", Morris told reporters including Washburn after the game.

Despite being a younger and more inexperienced team than the other conference finalists, Boston have now outscored their opponents by 89 points in those eight games, with an average of more than 11 points per game.

"I think we're very alert to the fact that we'll get a heavyweight punch on Tuesday night", Stevens said. "We've got to be locked in to play well on both ends of the court". "You know how we do it". The Cavs have proven during past rounds that they can take the opposition out of the contest early with an explosive stretch, so Boston must be prepared to handle such a situation. We've got to clean those up.

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"Whenever we've needed him to step up offensively, he has done that".

"You saw that one possession where he swung it to me, I hit Channing [Frye], Channing swung it to him, he pump-faked Myles Turner, looked off Paul George, and laid it up". That lineup tormented the Raptors last series. They are 18-9-1 ATS and 20-8 SU after a win by 10 or more. "Obviously when I check in the game I'll try to break that toughness and that energy". They had a really balanced effort in Game 1 as none of their players had tough times getting good looks.

How about this answer: "We weren't ready to work on defense as hard as they were working on offense". "It's not just me". The Celtics are peaking at the right time and the Cavs flaws seem evident.

The Celtics are not only still alive after beating the Bucks and Sixers, they are now just three wins away from going to the NBA Finals. He blocked two shots but also made seven turnovers.

However, with the need to play Clarkson off-ball, and the athletic scorers found throughout the Celtics roster, going deeper into the bench may be needed. Of course, the Cavs missing 14 straight 3-pointers helped.

"We got a lot of guys where we just don't care", Marcus Smart said. But we have talent as well. "Every team we've played in the playoffs has kind of counted us out, so when you're on a team with nothing to lose that can play carefree, that's a unsafe team". We weren't going to adjust until someone beat us.

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