Both the Cavaliers and Celtics look completely different from the teams that played in last year’s conference finals. After one game, those differences apparently favor Boston. The Celtics hammered the Cavs in Game 1 of the 2018 Eastern Conference finals, cruising to a 108–83 victory.
Welcome to the first Must-Read Recap, which we'll have for the rest of the Celtics' playoff run. The Celtics positively smoked the Cavaliers, 108-83, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. At one point, the Celtics' lead was 28.
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics are wasting no time in playing the adjustments game, inserting Marcus Morris into the starting lineup in place of Aron Baynes. The move was made in part because of the unique challenge Cleveland presents when Kevin Love is
This is a rematch of last year's conference finals. The Cavaliers won the series 4-1 over Boston. The two teams faced each other three times during the regular season with the Cavaliers winning two of those three matchups.
Boston underwent a major overhaul, bringing back just four players from last season's team. There was star power added, but one of the more not-so-subtle changes was the Celtics upgrading their overall rebounding prowess which will be a factor in Game 1 of Boston's Eastern Conference finals matchup against Cleveland which begins today. During the regular season, Boston was 14th in rebounding percentage (.503) compared to being 27th a year ago with a rebounding percentage of just .485.
The jerseys and venues will be the same, but so much has changed since the last time Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics met in the Eastern Conference finals. Kyrie Irving was dealt to Boston in a blockbuster offseason deal for Isaiah Thomas and Jae Crowder. It was the capstone of an injury-plagued year in Boston that also saw the seasons of Gordon Hayward and rookie Daniel Theis truncated.
Marcus Morris believes he is the NBA's second-best player when it comes to stopping LeBron James, ahead of the Boston Celtics' huge Eastern Conference finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. James proved he could carry the Cavs as they swept the Toronto Raptors during the semifinals, but Celtics forward Morris is not concerned about the in-form 33-year-old, who is bidding to reach an eighth consecutive NBA Finals.
You would be a fool to count us out of anything,” Morris told NBC Sports Boston after the Celtics eliminated the Sixers last round. Cleveland, however, presents a new level of challenge, mainly in the form of LeBron James. Boston is likely going to throw a lot of different defenders at LeBron, Morris among them — and did I mention Morris does not lack for confidence?
Boston has a shot to win this. 1) Can the Celtics wear down LeBron James with multiple fresh defenders? The question isn’t “who is guarding LeBron?” but rather “how many guys will be guarding LeBron?” The Celtics have a wealth of defenders who will get their turn on The King: Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris, Jayson Tatum (in very limited stints), Semi Ojeleye (off the bench), heck I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brad Stevens ask Dave Cowens if he can still give them 10 good minutes.
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard George Hill became a college graduate on Saturday, as he missed the team's final practice before the Eastern Conference finals to attend his IUPUI graduation. Hill, 32, received his degree from the School of Liberal Arts and was one of two students to speak at the commencement, telling those in attendance that the upcoming series against the Boston Celtics could not have kept him from appearing to walk across the stage. An Indiana native, Hill played for the Jaguars from 2004-08.