Celtics humble Cavaliers in National Basketball Association playoff series opener

Posted May 14, 2018

Jaylen Brown had 23 points and eight rebounds, Marcus Morris added 21 points and 10 boards, and the Boston Celtics opened a 21-point, first-quarter lead and scorched the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83 in game one of the NBA Eastern Conference finals.

LeBron has a lovely game, but he's also got a handsome mind who could probably tell you what he had for lunch on May 11 of 2006 and give you the exact details of the food he ate, who he ate with, who prepared it and where he was when he shopped for the food or the trip to the restaurant where he ate. In the first round against the Boston Celtics, LeBron fell to Earth.

Boston seized a 63-35 lead early in the second half but the Cavs halved their deficit, Jeff Green's jumper at the third-quarter buzzer pulling Cleveland within 78-64 entering the fourth.

Boston shot 51.2 percent (43 of 84) from the field and 36.7 percent (11 of 30) from 3-point range while outrebounding the visitors 48-40.

This matched up with what Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said, where he said that LeBron James will make his shots. "We have a great opportunity in front of us and we're enjoying it game by game".

A lot like Game 1 of that series, the Cavaliers played about as bad as possible, but they rebounded in a big way in Game 2 with a win. "So for them to see that, and have that feeling like we did tonight, is huge".

With injured stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving on the bench in street clothes, the Celtics continued their stunning run this season with what may have been the most surprising turn of events yet. A variety of commentators predicted the team's demise, including Hall of Famer Charles Barkley saying: "Their season's over".

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Cleveland beat the Pacers in Game 7 of the first round before going on to sweep the Raptors to reach the East Finals.

Many professional athletes have a photographic mind and clearly, LeBron is one of them.

Morris, starting in place of Aron Baynes, backed up his boast that he could cover James better than anyone except Kawhi Leonard and helped pester James into seven of Cleveland's nine turnovers. "Our guys played with good aggression". Kevin Love led the Cavs with 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Celtics improved to 8-0 at home this post-season.

James averaged 34 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists in the first two rounds of the playoffs but the superstar playmaker, seeking an eighth consecutive NBA Finals berth, was shut down by an aggressive, hustling Celtics squad.

Boston's 36-18 lead at the end of the first quarter was the second-largest in a playoff game in franchise history.

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