Celtics take Game 1 of East finals, beating Cavaliers 108-83

Celtics take Game 1 of East finals, beating Cavaliers 108-83

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers got absolutely rocked by the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but after the game, James expressed confidence in his team's ability to adjust and come back.

Guard LeBron James, and keep the four-time NBA MVP from running the Celtics out of their own gym in the Eastern Conference finals for the second year in a row. He scored 21 of Cleveland's 27 points in the first quarter, tying his playoff career high for points in a period. Of course, the Cavs missing 14 straight 3-pointers helped. Center Al Horford dropped 20 points in the win, starting a flawless 7-of-7 from the field, and finished with six assists, four rebounds and two blocks. There was still a Game 7 to be played in Miami, but the series was already over.

The 28-year-old was thrust into Boston's starting line-up for Game One and found himself defending against LeBron in 24 plays during the game, limiting the three-time National Basketball Association champion to five points on two-for-six from the field and two assists and forcing one turnover. They had a really balanced effort in Game 1 as none of their players had tough times getting good looks. Such a strategic adjustment could result in more mismatches for James on pick-and-rolls and, since the Celtics switch everything, could also open offensive rebounding lanes for Thompson.

Thompson finished with eight points and 11 rebounds on Sunday, playing 20 minutes.

Jaylen Brown led all scorers with 23 points, shooting 9-of-16 from the field and an elite 3-of-5 from downtown.

The Boston defense held the Cavaliers to just 36 percent shooting in Game 1.

According to USA Today Sports' Jeff Zilgitt, "in the 24 plays in which Morris guarded James, James scored just five points on 2-for-6 shooting with two assists and one turnover". "The younger guys to the older guys, we think we can compete and play with anybody".

The Celtics forced James to work harder defensively and rotated several players on the 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player to contain him offensively.

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The Celtics out-rebounded the Cavaliers, 48-40, including a dominant 42-31 edge on the defensive end of the floor, and registered five blocked shots as opposed to the three Cleveland sent away from the hoop in the loss.

They also sent help defense aggressively on his side to stop him from stacking up the dimes - James only had 2 assists in the second half.

The Cavs relied on a small starting line-up of guards Kyle Korver, JR Smith and George Hill alongside LeBron James and Kevin Love in the series opener.

After the game, the internet went insane once again. the masses came out with creative memes before the game practically making fun of Morris for suggesting such a thing.

Personally, I think I'm probably the best guy defending him in the league, outside of Kawhi (Leonard).

The Cleveland Cavaliers got walloped in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday, falling to the Boston Celtics 108-83.

There are some other team-specific reasons why James would be an ideal offseason signing for the upstart 76ers. We weren't able to get there. If LeBron doesn't improve significantly in Game 2, the Celtics will take a 2-0 lead, but he won't lay down easily. "We all have a role to play, and we all need to play that role as well as we can".

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