LeBron, Cavs have reeling Celtics in must-win for Game 2

Lynette Rowe
May 20, 2017

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James leaves the court after Game 1 of the team's NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Boston.

BOSTON Suddenly, the Boston Celtics' future looks a lot better than their present.

Recovering against LeBron James and the defending champions isn't something any team has been able to do this postseason, however. "We can't allow a team of their caliber to build a lead like that in the first quarter". "When LeBron's playing at that level other guys just have to be solid and we have a good chance to win".

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 opponents.

But as the Celtics were unable to find the bottle of Michael's Secret Stuff that helped propel the Tune Squad to a victory over the Monstars in Space Jam, the Cavs cruised to a wire-to-wire victory aided by the C's repeated self-inflicted wounds in the first half. "We have to be ready for it", he said.

"You can't dig yourself in a big hole like that against them", Boston coach Brad Stevens said.

It was the second straight time the Cavaliers visited Boston and faced little resistance. But Cleveland erased that edge quickly.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James takes the floor for Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Boston. "You can't start the game off lax, or shooting a bunch of jump shots. I mean, I've seen it all.I've just got to be more aggressive, make plays, make shots, and go from there". "One game. They took care of business and we just gotta take care of business in Game 2".

LeBron James embarrassed every defender Boston threw at him and Cleveland picked up where it left off following a long layoff, rolling to a 117-104 victory Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Boston was 2 for 16 and shot 35 percent overall in the first half.

Now in his third season with the Cavs, that wasn't always the case for Love, especially in his first year in Cleveland, when he probably sacrificed too much of his individual ability because he wanted desperately to fit in with James and Irving as the third member of The Big Three.

Love averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the first two rounds, then broke out against a Boston team that knocked him out of the 2015 playoffs when he became tangled with Kelly Olynyk and dislocated his shoulder. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points.

"They hit us first".

Thomas went on to declare that Boston isn't scared of Cleveland, adding this tremendous quote: "They're not the Monstars".

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