Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Eastern Conerence finals Game 1
- Author: Julie Sanders May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 10:27
There are way too many problems that need fixing in game one, but Stevens can build on what Brown was able to do.
The team with the ideal roster continued its run of perfection in the 2017 playoffs on May 17 by topping the Celtics, 117-104, at TD Garden in Boston. They are now 9-0 in the playoffs, chasing the Golden State Warriors at 10-0. Holding the rights to Brooklyn's first-round draft pick from the 2013 trade that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets, they won the lottery and will take the top pick for the first time since 1950.
For the Celtics, this is a bad sign.
It was a grim reminder for the Celtics of just how brutally LeBron's ability to dismantle an opponent can manifest itself.
With their backs against the wall, the Celtics now have to take these steps to even survive.
LeBron James scored or assisted on 32 of the Cleveland Cavaliers 61 first half points on Monday night against the Celtics. Brown was blowing by Korver any time he tried to defend him, and always stays aggressive as a shooter. Left side, right side, down the middle, left had, right hand... you name it, the Celtics let him do it.
Following the game and understanding the history between these two teams, Tristan Thompson gave a commanding statement on how he will handle the rest of this series. That was on display in Game 4, as they would end up winning the battle in the paint in terms of points, but especially rebounding. "That's what good teams do, and we have to be ready for whatever they bring to the table". Fight fire with fire. The Houston Rockets tried it and worked to some extent (before James Harden sold out on Game 6).
The win was Cavs' 12th in a row in the playoffs (one shy of matching the National Basketball Association record, set by the 1988-89 Los Angeles Lakers), dating back to last year's finals, while Celtics' five-game home playoff winning streak was stopped.
Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford combined for 12 points in the half allowing Cleveland to run away early. As a side note, Bradley should really pass the rock more.
Although the Cavaliers have amped up their defense to fifth best, they were still 21st out of 30 in the regular season. They clearly still have holes to plug, and the Celtics can possibly expose that through fundamental ball movement. "He laced up his shoes just like I laced mine up". If the Celtics were to come back to the Eastern Conference finals with this same team next year, and face this same Cavaliers team, all the experience and hunger in the world wouldn't keep the same thing from happening again.