Celtics clobber Cavaliers 108-83

Celtics clobber Cavaliers 108-83

After bulldozing his way to two lopsided playoff series victories in the past four seasons - including last year's conference finals that featured three Cleveland Cavaliers routs on the parquet by a combined 93-point margin - James was held to 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting in a 108-83 drubbing on Sunday. They do not have to win on the road to reach the NBA Finals.

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens is ready for the Cleveland Cavaliers to play much better in Game 2. "We came out with a lot of energy". "I think we really fed off our crowd".

By the midway point in the opening quarter, Boston had only given up seven points.

By halftime, the Boston had built up a 26-point lead, and all signs pointed to an easy first round win for the Celtics.

Here's how to watch Celtics-Cavs Game 1. "Our guys played with good aggression". The Cavaliers star had seven of Cleveland's nine turnovers after accruing eight in the entire four-game, second-round sweep of the Raptors.

Game 2 is Tuesday night at TD Garden at 8:30 p.m. "When he thought he had driving lanes, they made him kick it out to other shooters".

It would be solid night for most National Basketball Association players, but was pedestrian by the super-human standard that LeBron has set for himself this post-season, at times single-handedly carrying the Cavs to victories.

"The last couple of playoff meetings between us here they blew us out of the water", said Celtics guard Marcus Smart. "We didn't play well. That helped. And we were knocking them down".

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"We had some great shots early that we just didn't make but they did a great job of closing us out".

That extensive experience is an indication that James knows how to effectively deal with defensive strategies by opposing teams.

"They are just embracing this opportunity", Horford said.

"James guarded Brown for 89 possessions - almost twice as many as Brown guarded him - and he had great success, holding Brown to 2 for 21 shooting". "He has a great feel for that". Tristan Thompson had eight points and 11 rebounds.

These aren't the same Celtics that LeBron James remembers from his last two playoff trips to Boston.

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. Later, with 5:27 remaining in the half, Jayson Tatum would sink a three-pointer to again stretch the Celtics lead to 20 and force a Cavaliers timeout.

Cavaliers: Kyle Korver's 3-pointer with nine minutes left in the third period was their first after missing 14 in a row. The Cavaliers missed their first 14 3-point attempts of the game and shot just 32 per cent in the first half.

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