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NBA Eastern Conference Finals

NBA Eastern Conference Finals

The Celtics tried to cover LeBron with one guy, oftentimes getting physical.

The final score, a mere 13-point victory for the Cavaliers isn't actually representative of how lopsided this matchup was in nearly every facet of the game, as Cleveland beat the living spirit out of Boston to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

James also ran his National Basketball Association record of consecutive playoff series with a road win to 29 as the Cavs grabbed the home-court advantage they appeared to have frittered away to the Celtics at the end of the regular season. This NBA series is not over. I expect the Celtics to make some adjustments but it won't be enough against this Cavs team who will likely go undefeated all the way to the NBA Finals. "In this next series, we have some matchups he can definitely take advantage of and it's on me to make sure we do that". "You can't dig yourself a hole like that against them". From the onset, it was all Cleveland.

Game 2 set for Friday, May 19 at TD Garden.

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. Cleveland had 22 points in the paint in the first, and James scored 15 in the first quarter alone. Cleveland's lone win in the first four games of the Finals was one in which Love didn't play when he sat because of a concussion. His almost instantaneous ability to heat up can jump-start Boston's offense, and the others can feed off of that energy. They're not on 'Space Jam.' Like, they lace up their shoes just like us. That's not going to get the job done against most teams, let alone one as ruthless as the Cleveland Cavaliers.

On the flip side, Boston had to of come into this contest anxious about the Cavs ability to connect from beyond the arc.

Kevin Love absolutely burned the Celtics in Game 1.

Front Court Domination: The Cavs front court starters out scored the Celtics 90-32, including 47-12 in the first half. The Celtics finished 12 of 38 (31.6 percent) from long distance, while the Cavs were 11 of 31 (35.5 percent). On the flip side, when left to his own devices, Love made it count, drilling 5-of-7 triples without a hand in his face.

Boston won the East's top seed with the best regular season record in the conference, but were outclassed by Cleveland and a red-hot LeBron James.

Stopping the King is a tall order. Rather than have James or Kyrie Irving play with four reserves, Lue put Love in as the alpha dog and had the team ride him to keep the momentum going.

Stat H: With last night's Game 1 victory over the Boston Celtics, LeBron James improved to 2-10 (.167) in career playoff road Game 1s (shoutout Bleacher Report).

If James continues to have his way and get to the rim at will, this may be a very quick series. He provides energy, a relentless motor, and dominates on the glass. "He can do things that other guys can't do, whether it's offensive rebounding or getting to the basket or whatever the case may be". And he certainly earned his money in Game 1. The sharpshooting power forward punished Al Horford's intense closeouts early by drawing a couple fouls while attempting 3s, and then he proceeded to erupt for a playoff career-high 32 points, largely thanks to 6-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc.


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