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LeBron, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game

19 May 2017

The defending champions, playing their first game since May 7, put on a clinic, leading wire to wire and cruising to a 117-104 blowout of the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night. Boston hit just 10 freebies on the night, giving them a disappointing 55.6% free throw percentage on the evening.

"After 10 days off, I didn't feel that great, but I know I feel a lot better heading into Game 2".

Scary thought by LeBron. Love followed that up with a three-pointer from 25 feet away on the Cavaliers' second possession of the half.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been named to the All-NBA first team for a record-tying 11th time, and Houston's James Harden is the lone player to be a unanimous first-team selection this season. They opened 10-0 last season en route to their first National Basketball Association title."It was our two bigs that set the tone - Kev and Double-T (Tristan Thompson), they were phenomenal", James said.

"There's going to be some adjustments made from both sides".

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Remember, the Celtics have enough manpower to keep up with the rest of the Cavaliers. The Celtics still had Pierce, Garnett, and Allen on their team, but they were a 4-seed that year and were a few steps slower than they had been two years prior. "LeBron has been playing so well that we really haven't had a chance to really feature Kevin".

Unfortunately for LeBron, it didn't work out that way.

The Cleveland Cavaliers showed no signs of rust despite having not played since May 7 and emerged victorious against the Boston Celtics at the TD Garden.

Two bright spots for Brad Stevens, though, were Jaylen Brown and Gerald Green, who played better than anyone else despite their limited minutes.

All Cleveland needs is LeBron on the floor, which he always is. Very effective two way player. "He quit", Gilbert said. "So we've got to switch it up and come with a different game plan".

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As posted by ESPN, the Cavaliers are hands-on favorite to win the series against the Celtics. This NBA series is not over. Smart can huff and puff all he wants, but this is a terrible matchup for Boston, and LeBron and pals know it.

The last time they met in the Playoffs, the Cavaliers swept the Celtics. No matter what the Celtics did defensively or who they assigned to guard James, he had his way and finished with 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists with a large chunk of points scored at the rim off drives to the basket.

"I just think that they were the more aggressive team with more energy, and they got us down from the beginning", said Celtics center Al Horford, who had 11 points and eight rebounds.

Kelly Olynyk, the hero of Game 7 against Washington with 26 points, was held scoreless in the opener against Cleveland until Boston's last shot of the game. During these playoffs, James is regularly stuffing the stat sheet: In Cleveland's nine postseason games, James is averaging 34.8 points in 42.4 minutes, along with 7.1 assists and 9.0 boards.

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LeBron, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game