He continued his dynamic playoff run with 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in a wire-to-wire victory. Remember, Steven's first Playoffs experience was a bad experience at the expense of the reigning NBA champion, 0-4, back at the 2015 NBA Playoffs.
As I've stated before, LeBron James isn't by any means particularly young. "So he came through for us".
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said James' efficiency continues to make things easier for everyone on both ends. It would be hard to find a player in National Basketball Association history who continues to improve while playing at an extremely high level 14 years into his career.
"I thought that Boston team was prepared for us, was ready for us", he said. "So we just take what the defense gives us, and that's how we try to play". The Cavaliers are always going to find ways to score, the Celtics can not be ineffective on the offense end and hope that James will start making the mistakes that he hasn't made at any point in the playoffs. If they go small or if they go big.
Isaiah Thomas had 17 points in a Game 1 loss to the Cavs.
George and Hayward fell well short of making any of the three All-NBA teams, which means they will not be eligible to get the "supermax" extensions from IN and Utah this summer and now will face more questions about their futures IN their respective cities. They're not on 'Space Jam.' Like, they lace up their shoes just like us.
"What you look at, it doesn't matter how many points you win by", Golden State acting coach Mike Brown said. We've got to let those guys see five guys in held position. Just two seasons ago, Kelly Olynyk, a current forward for Boston, yanked Kevin Love's shoulder out which crushed the Cavaliers finals dreams that year. Granted, some of those games also came in the Finals, against an excellent Golden State team, but the difference in efficiency is eye-popping, nonetheless.
"LeBron did a good job of setting the tone early", Lue said. "But I think it also was very evident that athletically he's just a special athlete". Yet, they showed no signs of rust in the first quarter, as they stormed to a 30-19 lead over the Celtics, at the end of the period. This time, Smart fell to the floor during that exchange, drawing a foul on Thompson.
The Cavs took a 48-25, 23-point lead on dunk by Thompson on a lob from Kyrie Irving to finish a 12-0 run with 5:17 left in second quarter.
It didn't last long, though, as the Cavs quickly got the lead back up to 20.
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The Celtics opened with a plan to switch defenders off screens to prevent James from turning the corner on drives.
Most of the damage in Game 1 was done by two players - James and Love.
"Amazing, but he's better than when I first got into the league", said Stevens, in his fourth year in the league and now 0-5 against James and the Cavs in the postseason. It's what the four-time MVP has been doing in every playoff game, and the Celtics don't have anyone to slow him down.
One of the Celtics' issues all night was not sending help when James got into one-on-one situations. "The Cavs have a huge advantage on the boards there", Pluto said.
On Wednesday, three players scored 20 or more points for the Cavaliers (James - 38, Love - 32, Thompson - 20).
Charity Stripe Domination: The Cavs were aggressive on offense attacking the rim and shot 35 free throws, making 28 for 80 percent.
Percentages: FG.481, FT.800.
I addressed a few key areas that the Celtics needed to succeed in to win this series the other day. Rookie Jaylen Brown had 10 points and nine rebounds off the bench. He then reached to grab Love's ankle as play was headed the other way.
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