Celtics humble Cavaliers in National Basketball Association playoff series opener


After posting a sub-par performance in Sunday's Game 1 loss to the Boston Celtics, it looks like Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is ready to lock in for Game 2. James' intelligence, athleticism, midrange game and ability to destroy teams around the rim make him seemingly unstoppable.

LeBron saw many different defenders in game 1, and he wasn't able to solve any of them.

Horford made his first seven shots and scored 10, including eight straight, during the 17-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 21-7 lead. The Cavaliers' defense broke consistently due to their inability contain players along the perimeter or interior. He was even brought into the starting lineup to match the Cavaliers small ball lineup where he could guard James right from the start. That, along with other issues, resulted in the snowball effect that was the final score 108-83.

Morris is celarly going to be a vital player on both ends in this series, and he could not have done a better job in game one.

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The Cavaliers were outplayed and outclassed in Game 1 against the Boston Celtics and now find themselves 1-0 in the Conference Finals. In fact, only 6 of James' points and 4 of James' field goal attempts came within four feet of the rim in Game 1.

Losing in Game 1 is nothing unusual for James.

"Three-point shot is a part of our DNA", James said.

Though his teammates struggled in the opening round, he averaged 34.4 points (on a true shooting percentage of 65.5), 10.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 block per game against the Indiana Pacers. Fortunately, enough players stepped up for for them to get the scoring they needed. Numerous key members of the 76ers roster are new to playing in the postseason, including their two stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. The Cavs have proven during past rounds that they can take the opposition out of the contest early with an explosive stretch, so Boston must be prepared to handle such a situation. "They were basically doing the same thing we're doing, but they executed better than we did". Another player that had a huge game was Marcus Morris.

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"Nobody has been better at making adjustments over the course of time than him", he said on Monday. That way, the team can stay in-rhythm, shot-selection is improved and the ball-movement is... well... existent.

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Jose Calderon would provide veteran savvy as the backup point guard, in addition to great three-point shooting and surprising defensive tenacity. Stevens has the Celtics playing inspired basketball, and the team believes they have a real chance in this series.

With seven straight NBA Finals berths under his belt, look back at the Eastern Conference teams LeBron James has destroyed over the years.

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