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Celtics no match for James, Cavaliers in game one

19 Mai 2017

He is averaging 34.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 7.1 assists in the playoffs.

It was the second straight time the Cavaliers visited Boston and faced little resistance. Maybe those small-ball lineups also played a key role in the Cavaliers shooting just 40.5 percent from the field during the second half of the game.

LeBron got into the lane whenever he wanted and the Celtics didn't have anyone capable of slowing him down.

The Cavaliers led 30-19 after the first quarter and expanded the lead to 22 points (61-39) at the break.

Cavs forward Kevin Love had a playoff career-high 32 points and added 12 rebounds, and forward Tristan Thompson had a playoff career-high 20 points and nine rebounds.

However, the numbers are the numbers, and they say that the Boston Celtics were a far more competitive team when they played small than when they played big.

Lue, a former Celtics assistant, said of Thompson, "He's our energy, he's our motor". Even if they shoot better in the next game, getting killed on the boards is insurmountable.

Unfortunately, unlike should be expected in home playoff games; the Celtics bench players didn't particularly step up in a necessary way to really provide a strong impact.

Following Thursday's lopsided Game 1 loss to the Cavs, Isaiah Thomas said that he remains confident in his team and expects the Celtics to bounce back in Game 2. Rookie Jaylen Brown had 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

Golden State's Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were second-team choices, joined by Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Utah's Rudy Gobert and Boston's Isaiah Thomas. "So I'm not going to put myself in the position to hurt my team or my teammates". At some points Love looks like the dominant 24-12 force he was in Minnesota, while others he makes you wonder if the Cavs were better off keeping Andrew Wiggins as LeBron (they weren't) eases into twilight of his prime - though the exact trajectory seems interminable.

For his part, Thomas said there didn't need to be a lot of soul searching. Green is another player who can guard multiple positions and add length and athleticism to Boston's defense. The pair were whistled for double fouls on one occasion and came together on other occasions. That stood as the last Game 7 road win in the Finals until the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors last season. LeBron basically laughed at Kelly Olynyk when the Canadian got switched onto him, clearly wasted time with six-plus minutes left in the game when he'd get the ball on the perimeter, and even hinted that he could have done more.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James shoots against Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) during the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Boston. "We have to be ready for it", James told reporters.

The shoulder was working just fine Wednesday, and he scored in the paint and from the outside. Boston C Al Horford on the Celtics getting the top pick in the lottery: "That's big for our franchise".

In an effort to stop James, Celtics head coach Brad Stevens knows that the team might have to take some risks.

Celtics no match for James, Cavaliers in game one