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16 May, 2018, 08:49 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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A 25-point thumping was hard to predict, but the Boston Celtics' success in their statement Game 1 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers shouldn't come entirely as a surprise.

Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love posts up a defender during the first half of Game 1 against the Boston Celtics in the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden in Boston.

Al Horford finished with 20 points and six assists and Jayson Tatum scored 16 for the undermanned Celtics, who reached the East finals without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.

"Our confidence level is very high", said Morris, who recorded the first postseason double-double of his career.

Despite being a younger and more inexperienced team than the other conference finalists, Boston have now outscored their opponents by 89 points in those eight games, with an average of more than 11 points per game. Al Horford is the lynchpin of the operation with his ability to guard one through five, giving Boston a unique advantage.

3-point shooting - LeBron's woes aside, the entire Cavaliers lineup struggled hugely from long range in the opening game of the series, while the Celtics were reasonable.

But James came out like a man on a mission in Game 6, putting up a line of 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in the Heat's win. Bet the Boston Celtics -1.0 over the Cavaliers in game 2. "So, that's good, you know?"

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In the post-game press conference, a reporter asked James about a fourth-quarter run the Celtics made and he responded by detailing each play during that stretch in ideal detail that revealed his photographic memory. He dominated in Cleveland's Game 2 win, dropping 46 points on 17-for-24 shooting. Realistically, keeping LeBron below 30 points and ten assists would be considered a win, so to keep him to 31.3% shooting and a almost identical assist to turnover ratio while dropping 21 efficient points of his own was an unbelievable effort.

The Boston defense held the Cavaliers to just 36 percent shooting in Game 1.

There's certainly a concern that James could stifle Simmons' development, but then again, the latter could just use this opportunity to learn from one of the best to ever play the game.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens called Thompson "a tough player to guard", and "a great fit for that team".

"What happened? The first possession, we ran them down all the way to two on the shot clock, Marcus Morris missed the jump shot, followed it up, they got a dunk", he said, per USA Today.

In order to slow Horford, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is contemplating starting Tristan Thompson for Game 2 on Tuesday night. The former UCLA standout did not mince words when giving his assessment, referring to Cleveland's defensive effort as "soft". The Cavs couldn't shoot, but they also couldn't stop Boston. They haven't been favored in any playoff series they've been in this year. He was disappointing in the earlier rounds because they lost his offense, but the Celtics can not be sacrificing that while trying to account for James. "On the pick and rolls, they were able to get downhill a lot, so we've got to clean that up". The biggest thing to mention about their defense was illustrated very well in Game 1 yesterday.

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