LeBron, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1


The Celtics had no answer for LeBron James, who racked up 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

While James' statement might leave some scratching their heads, he has been just as hard for the Celtics' defense to figure out over the years.

These two teams have had two days off prior to Game 7, so both should be somewhat fresh.

Thomas scored 29 points and had 12 assists, Olynyk scored a career-playoff high 26 points and the Celtics used a big fourth quarter to outlast the Washington Wizards 115-105 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Monday night.

"We feel like we like our chances against anybody, no matter (who) is on the court", Warriors forward Kevin Durant said Tuesday night after a 136-100 victory over the Spurs, who played without injured All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard. "But [not] a game situation", James said.

Taking down the reigning champions in the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals will not be easy, but it can be done. We have to game plan for what they bring to the table. 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.

"He was just being aggressive", Lue said.

Having trailed by as many as 28 points in the third, there was little hope that Boston could mount the kind of comeback that would result in a victory. They finished the game at 48.1 percent.

The Celtics will return to TD Garden, where they defeated the Washington Wizards in Game 7 of their second-round series just two nights ago. When he is the ballhandler on the pick-and-roll he is scoring 1.03 points per possession, which rises even higher on passes to the roll man, a spot-up shooter or someone cutting to the basket.

Rookie Jaylen Brown was a rare bright spot for the Celtics, scoring 10 points and pulling down 9 rebounds in 20 minutes off the bench. The Cavs immediately went into "tank" mode, resting players and losing their last four games while the Celtics won their last three and clinched the conference's top spot. "Next game, I will definitely be more aggressive to get into the paint, make plays and make stuff happen". It's all about money but I will still do my best to offer you the best LEGAL way to watch your favorite team. They are a flawless 9-0 in the playoffs while the Warriors are one better at 10-0 this postseason. But a Derrick Williams three with a minute and a half left pushed them away and Channing Frye's three on the next possession put it to bed. Cleveland hasn't lost on the road in these playoffs and has reeled off six straight road wins since dropping Game 2 of the Finals previous year at Golden State. The pair was whistled for double fouls on one occasion and came together on other occasions.

On a night when the Celtics received less than stellar play from their two main stars - Isaiah Thomas (17 points) and Al Horford (11 points), the roleplayers stepped up to at least make the score look less embarrassing than the actual game itself. "Crowd is going to be into it, they're going to be into it so we have to be ready to play and weather the storm early". "Well, back to the drawing board I guess".

Jae Crowder might be the best source of information on Boston's team when it comes to its small-ball lineups.