James, Love lead rout as Cavaliers in roll in Game 1

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas left drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love during the second quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Wednesday
James, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1
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19 May, 2017

"I thought he played well", Stevens said. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers continued to do what they've done all postseason, proving that nothing is going to stop them from reaching the NBA Finals for a third straight year.

James served notice Wednesday that he has the ability to determine the length of this series. Cleveland had 22 points in the paint in the first, and James scored 15 in the first quarter alone.

James said "I wasn't upset by" Thomas' foul.

RJ Sighting: Richard Jefferson, who did not play much against the Raptors started the second and fourth quarters. The diminutive guard established himself as one of the game's most risky offensive weapons this season, averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game. James simply backed him down and shot over him.

Although the Cavaliers have amped up their defense to fifth best, they were still 21st out of 30 in the regular season.

James matches the mark set by Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone.

"We can't panic. It's only one game", Thomas said after Boston's off-day workout Thursday. "You can't start the game off lax or shooting a bunch of jump shots". We've got guys who can shoot the heck out of the ball.

With last night's sensational victory, I felt it'd be appropriate to just list out all of the most ridiculous LeBron James playoff statistics.

What happens is James is so tough to handle that the extra attention he attracts opens up opportunities for others. Love ended with a double-double of 32 points and 12 boards.

Most of the damage in Game 1 was done by two players - James and Love.

James finished with 38 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. "Coming out the next game there's got to be more attention to detail, make sure that we're contesting every single shot". "Kev and Double T [Thompson] were phenomenal". "It started the second half of the season". Stevens said James, at age 32, is better than when he became the Celtics coach in July, 2013.

"I mean, it was just playing basketball", Brown said. "That's my mindset. I have to be in attack mode and just put the pressure on the defense".

Nice cliché, Jaylen, but it's not the same.

Boston's bench outscored Cleveland's (34-14).

Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in the first half, his team's second trey in 16 first-half attempts.

"He's playing at a high level". It's not Boston's best, but both were much improved when paired up with Horford - Green and Horford, plus-nine; Brown and Horford, plus-seven. He's a pretty physical guy. "But we need to do a better job in a lot of ways".

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers say that they weren't too happy with their performance in Game 1, but they dominated in the first half to remain undefeated in these playoffs.

People love to call getting your brains beat in "good experience" because, I don't know, I suppose it makes you hungrier or something like that. Fortunately for Boston fans, things aren't all bad. Kelly Olynyk, the MVP of Game 7 against the Wiz on Monday night, was a no-show with two points after 26 points two nights earlier. He was the first Cavalier not named James to go for 30 and 10 in a playoff game since Brad Daugherty in 1992.

"It doesn't matter to me if I'm getting five shots or 25 shots, I just want to win", Love said. A post-season record has already been tied with four 4-0 sweeps - all by Golden State and Cleveland, who are a combined 19-0 and en route to what seems like an inevitable third consecutive NBA Finals matchup. With this series, we gotta go out and show the world.


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