Boston defeated Cleveland in the first round of the East

Boston defeated Cleveland in the first round of the East

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The beauty in Stevens's defensive ploy against James was, in moments that Morris missed a tight grip on LeBron, all the four Celtics seemed all ready for a help defense. Veteran Al Horford continued his terrific play in the 2018 playoffs, delivering 20 points and 6 assists in the series opener. That point being they are not the petrified Toronto Raptors, and they are not about to bow down to the King and the reigning Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Boston Celtics dismantled the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-83 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and LeBron James is looking to help his squad avoid what would be a problematic 2-0 series deficit.

In fact, the Cavs never came close to sniffing striking distance.

The Cavaliers rank 23rd in points in the paint per game (43.4) while the Celtics rank 29th (40.3).

At the beginning of any series in the NBA Playoffs, it's expected that the home team will get off to an early lead by taking Game 1. "We have another opportunity to be better". Morris managed 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting himself in what was a typically even offensive performance from the Celtics.

"It's a team effort, man".

The Cavaliers as a team shot poorly from beyond the arc, averaging just 15.4 per cent and it is unlikely they will be any worse in Game 2. Players like LeBron or Kevin Love could get whatever they wanted against him. He's obviously the best player in the game, and you need multiple guys and a team to guard him an entire game. I think in the first quarter, J.R. and Kev, (George Hill), they had some great looks, they just didn't go.

"Our confidence is very high".

"I thought our guys played with a good aggression tonight. At the end of the day, all the talking is done on the court". The sellout crowd was amped and the Celtics took that energy and turned themselves into a bulldozer that ran right over the complacent Cavs. "Every time we go up against somebody we're the underdogs".

Kobe Bryant broke down some tape and showed what LeBron James can do to beat the Boston Celtics. Fortunately, enough players stepped up for for them to get the scoring they needed. "That's what we did". Kevin Love was Cleveland's only other starter in double figures with 17 points (5-for-14).

"We didn't play well".

"They showed two bodies (against James) all night", Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said. When you get the media to clap in the middle of scrambling to finish deadline stories, you know you've done something impressive. "The 6'-9" forward used his strength and toughness to slow down James, who looked out of sorts all afternoon and finished with a stunning minus -32.

"I have zero level of concern at this stage", James added, implying he wasn't anxious at all at what happened.

Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is set to tip off at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday from Boston's TD Garden. These Celtics aren't afraid of a bogeyman named LeBron. There's no time for feel-out games or for flipping imaginary switches. "Especially with us and what we have been through".

It's one of the adjustments James and the Cavaliers will likely make going into Game 2.