The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics, 117-104, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Wednesday night at TD Garden. LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 38 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, and two steals while Kevin Love posted a double-double, 32 points, and 12 rebounds.
“It was definitely a feel out game,” James said. “We kinda know what they want to get to. They kind of know what we want to get to. After 10 days off, I don’t feel that great. But I know I’ll feel a lot better going into Game 2. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
The Cavaliers easily advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals after sweeping their opponents in the first and second round. This gives them enough time to rest their players and prepare for the next round. Meanwhile, the Celtics had a tough battle in the second round but managed to beat the Washington Wizards in Game 7.
The Cavaliers took advantage early in the game and outscored the Celtics in the first quarter, 30-19. Their dominance continued in the second quarter, ending the first half with a 22-point lead. The Celtics tried to bounce back in the second half with the help of a 15-4 run at the end of the third quarter. However, it’s obviously not enough to overturn the outcome of the game.
LeBron James says the Cleveland Cavaliers are getting better
The Cavaliers ended the 2016-17 NBA regular season in the second spot in the Eastern Conference. They lost the top spot to the Celtics after a dismal performance in the final games of the season. The Cavs’ ability to defend the title was put into question mainly because of their poor defense.
However, when the playoffs started, the Cavaliers showed their true form and destroyed every opponent they faced along the way. LeBron James believes the Cavaliers continue to get better each month.
“For us, we just want to try to get better each month,” James said. “I believe from March to April to May we’ve gotten better. We’re a better team, better equipped to (handle) situations.”
Isaiah Thomas needs to score more in Game 2
Isaiah Thomas is obviously not his usual self in Game 1. He only finished 17 points and 10 assists on 36.8 percent shooting from the field and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. Thomas needs to step up on the offensive end if they want to beat the defending champions. Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals will be on Friday night at TD Garden.
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