Celtics humble Cavaliers in NBA playoff series opener

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For anyone who thought there would be another remarkable performance by LeBron James, they were ended up being disappointed.

Jaylen Brown wanted to go right at James.

The Celtics rank third in second chance points allowed per game (11.0) while the Cavaliers rank 16th (12.8).

The Boston Celtics will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 2 of their Eastern Conference Final playoff series on Tuesday night in Boston. The Cavaliers never came closer than 15 in the period. At one point, they were staring at a 29-point deficit.

Listen to James after Game One: "I have zero level of concern at this stage. And we're going to take those same looks going into Game 2 if the opportunity presents itself". Brown, Horford, and Morris led the team with 23, 20, and 14 points, consequently. These were accompanied by just nine turnovers, well down on the 12.3 they've averaged throughout the playoffs so far.

James meandered through Game 1 of the quarterfinals against the Pacers in a fashion similar to the way he played Game 1 against the Celtics. "He's obviously the best player in the game, and you need multiple guys and a team to guard him". Morris says the injury-riddled Celtics-who were underdogs on Sunday for the fifth time in six games (5-1 record in those contests)-believe they are capable of defeating any opponent.

"It's exciting", said Morris. "He's the guy we really, really lean on". "At the end of the day, all the talking is done off the court".

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There has, however, been a great deal of talking in the national media throughout the season, essentially calling the C's a mirage.

While NBA fans may have been forced to stomach the "no one respects my team" claim from Boston fans, no one expected Boston to dominate Cleveland the way it did. Everything from Score Props, Players Props, Team Props, and more. However, Cavs fans can take comfort in this fact.

If the Celtics put together another first half like the first two quarters against the Cavaliers in this series, it will be a bit of a surprise. "It's what makes us the best team that we can be". It was the start of a 25-2 run for Boston, as well as a sign of things to come. "That's what we did".

LeBron was pretty bad in Game 1 and was sulking on the bench for most of the fourth quarter.

"We didn't play well". Celtics head coach Brad Stevens emphasized that Kevin Love and Kyle Korver shouldn't have easy looks and they didn't in Game 1. Looking at the tape, especially in the first quarter, we got a lot of good looks that we liked, a lot of open shots we just didn't make.

Morris matched up on James for 39 possessions. James is now 8-0 in his last eight playoff games against the Toronto Raptors and just 5-8 against everyone else. "So for [the younger guys] to see that and have that feeling of them winning like we did [Sunday] was huge". They don't have intimidation on their side anymore. The Cavaliers bounced back to take Game 2 against IN but that game came at home: this one is on the road. They do not have to win on the road to reach the NBA Finals. "Especially with us and what we have been through".

James has displayed his ideal memory before.

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