Suddenly, the Boston Celtics' future looks a lot better than their present.
The Cavaliers led 30-19 after the first quarter and expanded the lead to 22 points (61-39) at the break. "We can't allow a team of their caliber to build a lead like that in the first quarter". Plenty of those rebounds; especially their offensive ones, came during "garbage time" of the game in the late 4th when the Cavaliers put on deep bench players Derrick Williams, Dahntay Jones and even the birthday boy himself; Channing Frye who was restricted to the bench for most of this game only playing for just over 3 minutes, due to the standout performance from Tristan Thompson and Ty Lue's smart decision to keep taking advantage of his hustle.
The win was the Cavaliers' 12th in a row in the playoffs (one shy of matching the National Basketball Association record, set by the 1988-89 Los Angeles Lakers), dating back to last year's finals.
Unfortunately, unlike should be expected in home playoff games; the Celtics bench players didn't particularly step up in a necessary way to really provide a strong impact.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers had nine days off, but they showed zero rust in annihilating the Boston Celtics 117-104 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Game 2 of the Cavs vs. Celtics Game 1 will air on TNT, which means it will be available to live stream online on TNT Overtime as well as the broadcasting network's flagship streaming app - Watch NBA on TNT.
The Celtics are the favorites going into Game 7 in Boston, as bet365 Sports has posted in their favor at 1.47, while the Wizards are not too far behind at 2.75. "You can't dig yourself a hole like that against them".
Coach Brad Stevens tried to make adjustments to slow the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night and nothing worked.
Oh, and there's extra motivation for Cleveland - now 9-0 in these playoffs - which could earn another long rest if it makes quick work of the Celtics. "You can't start the game off lax, or shooting a bunch of jump shots".
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Things did not improve for Boston, as the Cavaliers opened the second quarter with a 6-1 run, highlighted by two driving layups by Love. I mean, they definitely showed a few bodies that was aggressive on me, but that's nothing I haven't seen this whole year. "I was able to do that early".
QuotesCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) gives a high five to forward Kevin Love (0) before the game. Boston was 2 for 16 and shot 35 percent overall in the first half.
Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks the ball as Jonas Valanciunas #17 of the Toronto Raptors looks on in the first half of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on April 18, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.
These Celtics, however, passed the former Celtic's test with Monday night's 115-105 Game 7 win over Washington.
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