BOSTON (AP) LeBron James has made Boston’s TD Garden his personal playground during the playoffs in recent years. The Cleveland Cavaliers entered the Eastern Conference finals with a 9-3 record against the Celtics in games played at the Garden over the last four years, including six straight wins. James’ 979 postseason points against Boston were the most by any player against any opponent in the last 50 years.
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The idea that the Boston Celtics were able to defeat Cleveland in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday isn't all that shocking. Boston's 108-83 Game 1 win over the Cavs was due to Boston doing what few teams have been able to do against LeBron James this postseason — limit his impact as well as the impact of those around him. The supporting cast of James in the starting five was 11-for-33 (33.3 percent) shooting from the field with all having a negative plus/minus ranging from -10 (Kyle Korver) to -17 (J.R. Smith).
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When Marcus Morris said repeatedly leading up to Sunday afternoon's Game 1 matchup against Cleveland that he wanted to guard LeBron James, it caught the attention of many throughout the league. When he doubled down afterwards by saying the only person who could guard James better than him in the NBA was San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard, the safe money was on James absolutely torching him in Game 1, right? In fact, Morris actually outscored James which, as it turned out, was just one subplot of an unexpected Celtics blowout that finally ended with Boston easily defeating the Cavs 108-83.
LeBron James settled into a seat at the postgame news conference, and if you didn’t see the Boston Celtics’ 108-83 drubbing of James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, you wouldn’t believe it happened. For eight and a half minutes, James verbally shrugged at reporters attempting to get to the root of Sunday’s blowout. “I’ve seen every coverage, pretty much,” James said.
LeBron James has made Boston's TD Garden his personal playground during the playoffs in recent years. The Cleveland Cavaliers entered the Eastern Conference finals with a 9-3 record against the Celtics in games played at the Garden over the last four years, including six straight wins. James' 979 postseason points against Boston were the most by any player against any opponent in the last 50 years.
LeBron James insisted there is no reason to worry despite the Cleveland Cavaliers losing to the Boston Celtics in game one of their NBA Eastern Conference final. The Celtics drew first blood on Sunday, winning 108-83 against James and the Cavaliers. There was no concern from James after the Indiana Pacers jumped out to a 1-0 and 2-1 playoff series lead last month before the Cavaliers rallied to win the first-round matchup.
There’s some kind of synergy in the way Game 1 went for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Boston Celtics. For years in Ohio, LeBron James has been surrounded by teams that simultaneously achieved higher than their worthiness while being constituent of parts amounting to more than their sum. This year’s squad in Cleveland is certainly that.
The assignment for Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris in his first start this postseason was easy to explain but nearly impossible to execute. ''He's obviously the best player in the game,'' said Morris, who during the week boasted that he was up to the challenge and on Sunday explained why he wanted it. Morris scored 21 points and added 10 rebounds while pestering James into a playoff-high seven turnovers – and a playoff-low 15 points – and the Celtics opened a 21-point, first-quarter lead to scorch Cleveland 108-83 in Game 1.