I'm Still Laughing At That LeBron James Performance

On top of his defense, Brown chipped in 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting, and he added nine rebounds for good measure.

That makes Cleveland 9-0 this postseason, while Love has averaged 15.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

And if the Celtics don't play any better than they did in the first half of the opener, that could be it. Tristan Thompson, one of the most powerful weapons for the Cleveland Cavaliers, showed he can score also.

"Well, for me I saw that in Kev this morning", said LeBron.

I expect to see them get more run in Game 2 because they produced and brought infectious energy on both ends of the ball. "So he came through for us".

James, who is seeking to reach his seventh straight National Basketball Association finals, scored 15 in the fourth quarter en route to his seventh straight 30-point game. Coach Tyronn Lue said his team would be ready, but we wanted proof, as though everyone had amnesia and forgot how the Cavs closed out the 2016 Finals. "It's an uphill battle and we just got to be better to start the game".

Most of the damage in Game 1 was done by only two players - James and Love.

The Celtics fell to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers 117-104 on Wednesday night at TD Garden in Boston.

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.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens described the conundrum of guarding James. The lesser of two evils is forcing James to become a jump shooter, and Brown was able to do that at times. Thomas had 17 points and 10 assists but never had an impact on a game that might have played out differently if the Celtics had made some of their open looks early. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points. The margin reached 12, but Wall roared from there with all 14 of his first-half points coming in the second quarter. The hit us first.

Whereas the attention Thomas draws on offense is his biggest-and often only-asset, it's not quite so easy to pinpoint James's most important contribution. "We can't let that happen again". Here were the Celtics-a 53-win team that fought all regular season to secure home-court advantage, a team fresh off two tightly contested series wins-discovering that they were the punchline all along.

The shoulder was working just fine Wednesday, and he scored in the paint and from the outside.

"As I mentioned to [Cavs head coach] Ty [Lue] last week and throughout these playoffs, it doesn't matter to me if I'm getting five shots or 25 shots, I just want to win", said Love. "He laced up his shoes just like I laced mine up".

  • Julie Sanders