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Celtics Blow Out LeBron and Cavs in Game 1

May 14, 2018 - 10:55 am

By Joe Schiller

Entering a highly anticipated Eastern Conference Finals matchup between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday afternoon, it was home team that planted their dominance.

The Celtics completely overpowered the Cavs, dominating through the entirety of four quarters en route to a convincing 108-83 win.

LeBron James came into the game as an unstoppable force, averaging 34.3 points through the first two rounds of the postseason. But it was the King that was dethroned in Boston. Guarded primarily by Marcus Morris, James sufficed for 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting.

The Celtics jumped out to a 36-18 first quarter lead and never let their foot off the pedal. By halftime, the lead was extended to 26 points and out of reach for James and company.

Despite being without Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, it’s been the core of young players that have led the way in Boston. Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, and Terry Rozier combined 47 total points in the starting lineup. Brown and Tatum, the Celtics’ recent first-round picks, have been played like seasoned veterans throughout the postseason.

General manager Danny Ainge continues to smile on knowing he traded out of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft and still nabbed arguably the top player in the class.

On the flip side, the Cavs look anything like a young core but rather the complete opposite. Kevin Love lead the scoring charge with 17 points. He and James were the only two Cleveland players to amass double digits in the game. George Hill, Kyle Korver, and J.R. Smith failed to score over five points each.

It's just one game, but if this is a glimpse of what's to come in this series, the Celtics could very well be on their way to an NBA Finals appearance.