Love started the game with a steal on the first possession, and even though he went only 1-for-5 from the field in the first quarter, he had a block in the opening period as Cleveland jumped out to a 30-19 lead. "We just gotta protect home court in Game 2 and get the win". With Kevin Durant, the Warriors can unleash a five-man lineup of Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, which could expose Love's defense on switches. But, hey, on the bright side, the Celtics did secure the number one pick in the upcoming National Basketball Association draft, so if they're ousted by Cleveland as expected, they could be ready to take the next step next season.
Surely, the odds are in favor of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers so expect the Cleveland Cavaliers to defend their crown in the NBA Finals.
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With games every other day, that's not going to get any better, either.
James had 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Good luck with that Boston. Besides the fact they need to do a better job of getting to the line moving forward, the C's also need to make the most of their opportunities.
The Celtics showed some fight and made a late push to make the game respectable. "Seriously?" he said. "We had like two weeks to get ready and now at the last second it turns out Kelly Olynyk has the ability to make shots and get rebounds and stuff?"
In Wednesday's Game 1 victory, Cleveland limited Boston to just 39 points in the first half (2017 opponent season low for a half) on 16-45 (.356) shooting and a 2-16 (.125) mark from deep.
The Celtics had a 105.5 defensive rating in the regular season (12th) and ranked third in the playoffs entering Game 1 at the very same number, but once again the current competition is at a different level.
3-Point Goals: 11-31, .355 (Love 6-9, Derr.Williams 1-1, Frye 1-2, Shumpert 1-2, James 1-6, Korver 1-6, Smith 0-1, Dero.Williams 0-1, Irving 0-3).
A loss Friday would also leave Boston with the daunting proposition of having to win four out of five games to take the series - a almost impossible task against a team that since James returned to Cleveland in 2014-15 has a 33-4 playoff record against Eastern Conference foes.
"You can't dig yourself in a big hole like that against them", Boston coach Brad Stevens said. It included getting within 11 points with less than 2 minutes to play. Love, quiet in the Toronto series, scored 32 points against the Celtics. He also had a team-high four turnovers.
"There's nothing to figure out", Thomas said. Cleveland may not be saying it publicly but they are looking for the most efficient path to the finals and that means a sweep. He got a couple on the out-of-bounds today that I let Crowder throw the ball right past my hip and they get layups.
If you're a Mets fan, I can't give you any good news this morning, after the Mets seventh straight loss, this one in extras when Chris Hermann led off the bottom of the 11th for the Arizona Diamondbacks with a walk-off game winning home run in the D-Backs' 6-5 victory.
For the fifth game in a row, LeBron James scored at least 35 points. It's a luxury not lost on Lue.
"LeBron has been playing so well that we really haven't had a chance to really feature Kevin", Lue said. "I just said in the coaches" meeting right before we left: "It's hard to believe, but he's better than when I got into the league.' A lot better". But he says Boston is still confident it can win the series.
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