Celtics host LeBron James, Cavaliers in Game 1 of conference finals

LeBron James drives against the Celtics’ Marcus Morris on Feb. 11 in Boston

The Eastern Conference Finals are far from over with, and the Cleveland Cavaliers can win if they just hit their shots, but they have to play much better than they did in Game 1 if they want to make it to their fourth straight NBA Finals before LeBron James leaves town again. "We're just out here playing hard and doing the best we can". Today, they lost, 108-83 as James was limited to 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting and seven rebounds and nine assists. He blocked two shots but also made seven turnovers. In the first round against the Boston Celtics, LeBron fell to Earth.

"They showed two bodies (guarding James) all night", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

Boston led 36-18 after one quarter after going up by as many as 21, matching the biggest first-quarter deficit James has ever faced in a playoff game. "We have a great opportunity in front of us and we're enjoying it game by game".

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.

Kevin Love, who struggled throughout the entire Indiana Pacers series finally rebounded against the Toronto Raptors, and he led the Cleveland Cavaliers in scoring in Game 1, with 17 points. They attacked us early on.

The Celtics took the floor to a hype video that began with the broadcast of Hayward's injury in the first quarter of the first game, at Cleveland.

But there the Celtics were, back in the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavaliers for the second year in a row - with Hayward, Irving, Daniel Theis and Shane Larkin all injured and Stevens down to an eight-man rotation.


The Cleveland Cavaliers looked like they were stronger than anyone thought when they swept the Toronto Raptors in the second round of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

It was more than they needed. "The younger guys to the older guys, we think we can compete and play with anybody".

The Cavs made a push in the third quarter to cut the lead to 14 points and maybe give themselves a chance, but that didn't last long.

Tristan Thompson added eight points and 11 rebounds for the Cavs.

Celtics The Celtics improved to 8-0 at home this postseason.

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 one quarter was the second-largest in a playoff game in franchise history.

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