James served notice Wednesday that he has the ability to determine the length of this series.
Although the Cavaliers had a long layoff since closing out the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, James, Love and Thompson combined to score 90 points, pull down 30 rebounds and steal five passes in the lopsided victory. "I know the guy that's going to shift off onto me if a sub happens or if they go small or if they go big. There's nothing else to do but bounce back, learn from it and get better".
Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas is a resilient dude with unshakeable confidence, so it's not a surprise that he believes his team can shrug off a disappointing Game 1 against the Cleveland Cavaliers to even the series Friday night.
One sequence midway through the second quarter was telling.
The Celtics had no answer for James Wednesday night.More news: Sharapova agrees Birmingham deal
The Cavs shot 11-for-31 from three-point range as a team and when you factor that into how much of a blowout the game turned into, it doesn't bode well for the Celtics on how the game could have turned out if Irving was hitting shots or if three pointers were falling more for the Cavs. James simply backed him down and shot over him. Suddenly he attacked, blowing by Olynyk easily as he exploded to the rim for an easy layup.
Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder led the Celtics with 21 points each.
James, at times, appeared to be toying with his overmatched opponents. "You can't start off a game shooting a bunch of jump shots. In this next series, we have some matchups he can definitely take advantage of and it's on me to make sure we do that". And if that wasn't enough, just to put the fear of God Almighty into the Celtics, in the post-match conference, LeBron quipped, "After ten days off, I didn't feel that great, but I know I'll feel a lot better going into Game 2".
What happens is James is so tough to handle that the extra attention he attracts opens up opportunities for others.
A year ago in the Finals, before the 3-1 comeback, before Love's Game 7 defense on Stephen Curry in the final minute, the Cavs power forward was nearly unplayable against Golden State's small-ball lineups. James, at 32 years old, has improbably become a great isolation scorer again.More news: Why Was James Comey Fired? President Trump Contradicts His Team
Antetokounmpo averaged career highs in almost all statistical categories including points (22.9), rebounds (8.8), assists (5.4), blocks (1.9) and steals (1.6) per game.
Poor 3 Shooting Start: In the first half, the Cavs were just 2-of-9 (22.2 pct.) but the Celtics were worse at 2-of-16 (12.5 pct.) The Cavs started 0-of-6 from behind the arc before Iman Shumpert made first three with 8:17 left in second quarter. LeBron has been playing so well that we really haven't had a chance to really feature Kevin. "Kev and Double T [Thompson] were phenomenal".
In the second half, Boston actually won.
LeBron James did pretty much whatever he wanted to against the Celtics in Cleveland's dominating win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
"I mean, it was just playing basketball", Brown said. For me, the only thing on my mind is how we can execute the best way we can and get a bucket in this possession, either if I can get myself a shot or if I can drive, get my shooters a shot, or if I can get a double-team in the paint or get to the free throw line.More news: Merkley Agrees NAFTA Needs Renegotiated, But Wary Of Trump Administration
Nice cliché, Jaylen, but it's not the same.
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