James, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

Things are looking pretty bleak for the Boston Celtics after they were brutalized by the Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the Eastern Conference finals.

One thing the Celtics would love to bring to the table is more offense from Isaiah Thomas.

The Cavs toyed with the Celtics from the start, building a 26-point lead in the first half and expanding it to 28 in the third quarter before the Celtics cut it down to 17 at the end of the quarter. Lue then added, "When LeBron's playing at that level other guys just have to be solid and we have a good chance to win".

It was the Cavaliers' 12th straight playoff win - one short of the National Basketball Association record.

And if the Celtics don't play any better than they did in the first half of the opener, that could be it.

"They put you in a bad matchup nearly every time down the floor", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Thursday.

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The Celtics beat out Cleveland for the No. 1 seed in the East, an objective that gained the respect of the defending National Basketball Association champion. They didn't just win this game, they gave the Celtics multiple looks and seemed to find that almost every single one worked. But Cleveland erased that edge quickly.

All you can really say to that is what's on James' sweatshirt: damn. "You can't start the game off lax, or shooting a bunch of jump shots". "I saw it in Kev this morning". "We want to win this series". It was only the fourth time in 90 games this year - regular season and playoffs - that Thomas has attempted more field goals than he has scored points.

Cleveland left little doubt in Game 1 despite having 10 days off. The hit us first.

But as many teams will attest to, knowing what to do in limiting James and physically being able to do it, are two entirely different realities. "They're not the Monstars on "Space Jam"," the C's guard said, referencing the team of intergalactic villains in the 1996 Michael Jordan movie. We've got your way to see if they can rally back in game two at 8:30pm on May 19 via live stream.

The defending champions, playing their first game since May 7, put on a clinic, leading wire to wire and cruising to a 117-104 blowout of the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart tangle during the third quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Boston. The Celtics had to go to a game 7 in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, Boston defeated the Washington Wizards to move on to the Eastern Conference Finals. It was no coincidence that the last time he played a postseason game in Boston was the first round of 2015, when he suffered a year-ending shoulder injury after a controversial play involving Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk, who was accused of committing a dirty play to injure the power forward.

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