James, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1
08:32, May 19, 2017
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James, as usual, was dominant, racking up 38 points to go along with nine rebounds and seven assists. Love scored a playoff career-high 32 points on 9-of-16 shooting overall and 6-of-9 from 3. They opened 10-0 last season en route to their first National Basketball Association title."It was our two bigs that set the tone - Kev and Double-T (Tristan Thompson), they were phenomenal", Jamessaid. Cleveland took a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals on the strength of LeBron, who delivered one of the most complete games of sport I've ever seen.
Beantown continued to struggle in the second stanza of the game and went 1-of-8 from downtown once more. "We'll make sure it's different on Game 2". 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. "LeBron has been playing so well that we really haven't had a chance to really feature Kevin". After losing 107-101 at home to Philadelphia in the first game of the NBA Finals, the Lakers beat the 76ers four straight times to clinch the title.
The team with the flawless roster continued its run of perfection in the 2017 playoffs on May 17 by topping the Celtics, 117-104, at TD Garden in Boston.
"It's what you saw on film coming in", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. Then they peeled off two victories to open the series against the Wizards behind an emotional Isaiah Thomas.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Cleveland is favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -4 points against the Celtics.
"We wanted to set the tone early and give it everything we got", Thompson said. "But our main objective (was) to make it physical on Isaiah, try to take him out, and we did a good job of that".
"I felt OK last night", James said Thursday. "Everybody was moving the ball, passing the ball well".
Some third-quarter unpleasantness erupted between Thompson and Boston's Marcus Smart, whose fiery play kept his team somewhat alive - his flying slam on a rebound with 2.8 seconds left in the third igniting the crowd.
It didn't last long, though, as the Cavs quickly got the lead back up to 20. If he comes out hot against the Cavs he can easily put up another double-double and hand Cleveland their first loss in the playoffs.
"We've just got to be more in tune as a group", Thomas said, referring to his team's defense. You can listen to Cavaliers vs. Celtics live streaming as well as all of the other 2017 NBA Playoffs by signing up with a one-time payment of $9.99.
The Cleveland are entering this Eastern Conference Finals series as the clear favorites - having remained unbeaten in the postseason, to this point - while the Boston seem thrilled to embrace their "underdog" label. "The first time in history - that's pretty cool.". When a player like LeBron James is playing on the opposing team, more often than not you're expected to lose. They don't have a defender with the size and athletic ability to keep up.
"I knew it would come down to the last six minutes of the game", Washington coach Scott Brooks said.
"I've always been so impressed with his mental understanding of the game and the way that he communicates and his insights and the way that he reads defense and offense and everything else", Stevens said. "Obviously he got comfortable with what we were doing on the defensive end, and he had his way". Blame Tristan Thompson's dominance on the offensive glass, or blame Kevin Love's ridiculous shooting or blame LeBron's dominance.
Charity Stripe Domination: The Cavs were aggressive on offense attacking the rim and shot 35 free throws, making 28 for 80 percent.