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Cavs rout Celtics in Game 1

Rita Gibson | 19 May, 2017, 06:00

The Cleveland Cavaliers cruised to a blowout win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and LeBron James wasn't all that impressed with his team's performance.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are on the verge of making their second consecutive 10-0 start to the National Basketball Association playoffs when they face the Boston Celtics on Friday. Boston sports fans wondered: what else were they supposed to do, stop cheering because their team was losing? This NBA series is not over. James did not let the game come to him or feel out the Celtics' defense. But going through the ups and downs of a year, especially when you're a young guy, and then taking all those good things and applying them in a game with that kind of intensity is invaluable. He has bee in and out of the rotation these playoffs, but now is going to be his best opportunity to carve out a top role off the bench, or maybe even an option in the starting lineup. "I know the guy that's going to shift off onto me if a sub happens or if they go small or if they go big". "This is the predicament they put you in". From the onset, it was all Cleveland.

One secret to Cleveland's success has been to take advantage of the rest during breaks between rounds but practice as if every game is a must-win situation. The injury ultimately left the Cavaliers shorthanded in the NBA Finals two months later as it lost to the Golden State Warriors 4 games to 2.

Reserve guard Iman Shumpert got the run started when he caught a pass from James and buried a three-pointer from 26 feet away. If Game 2 plays out the same way, the Celtics will find themselves in a 2-0 hole.

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BOSTON Suddenly, the Boston Celtics' future looks a lot better than their present. "They were more physical", said Thomas, who added 10 assists. They did so for most of the second half, but again, it's hard to read too much into that considering the lopsided nature of the game through the first two-plus quarters of action. He also had nine rebounds and seven assists. Love also did something the C's were unable to do - convert open shots from deep.

"For me, I saw that in Kev this morning", James said after Love finished with 32 points - a playoff career high - and 12 rebounds. 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. The Celtics have to go into survival mode against a Cleveland team that has them outmatched, particularly in terms of athleticism.

Stopping the King is a tall order. That being said, Boston made things too easy for him in Game 1. He only scored one basket in the first quarter of the game. More specifically, he's a beast on the offensive glass.

We know Stevens will not be afraid to make drastic changes, and game one was a clear message that Brown can do some damage to the Cavaliers, the question is going to be how much, but the bigger problem is whether it could possibly be enough to make a difference. But as some wonder whether Boston would be better off trading this year's No. 1 pick for instant talent, the more intriguing path might just be using that selection on a player such as Markelle Fultz and seeing if he can blossom alongside Brown. Boston would be wise to remember that.

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