Celtics thwart Lebron James, Cavaliers in Game 1 of East finals

Celtics thwart Lebron James, Cavaliers in Game 1 of East finals

LeBron James, the planet's player to watch all these years, was the player to watch again in Game One of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Eastern Conference Finals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are now playing for the right to make their fourth consecutive NBA Finals, but in all likelihood, the looming free agency of their resident superstar LeBron James is on their minds as well. In their eight playoff games, all wins, the Celtics have averaged 110.5 points per game. He's 2-4 in series in which he's trailed 0-2 (the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals against the Pistons and 2016 Finals against the Warriors being the exceptions).

In that particular game, LeBron-following an 18-point loss to the Pacers in Game 1 of the first round-poured in a super-efficient 46 points (17-of-24 FG, 2-of-5 3PT, 10-of-13 FT) to go with 12 rebounds, five assists and just three turnovers to lift the Cavs to a crucial victory. If you don't have discipline, you make silly mistakes on the regular, allowing room for turnovers and makes the players lazy as a result of the momentum change.

Data compiled by Second Spectrum also showed only Draymond Green has forced LeBron to show with a lower percentage from the field than Morris since the 2013-14 season. They dominated each of the first two quarters to lead 61-35 at the main break, and despite a third quarter fightback from the Cavs, the Celtics were able to run out comfortable 108-83 winners.

Kevin Love has the ability to do much better than his 17 point, 8 rebound showing in Game 1, as he demonstrated in the last 3 games of the Semifinals against the Raptors. "We weighed it before the series started, but we'd won seven out of eight and we weren't going to adjust until someone beat us and we didn't play well with that lineup and that got us to this point".

Just as the Cavaliers rapidly rose to contender status with James on the roster, they could become a nonfactor just as quickly if the multi-time league MVP heads to Philadelphia.

"I have zero level of concern at this stage", said James, who was five for 16 from the floor and missed all five three-point attempts.

But this time, you didn't see him the way you wanted him to play.

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James has appeared in seven consecutive NBA Finals series, including three straight with Cleveland.

Morris backed up every every bit of talk from before the game, and now it is James that has to figure out how to get around this defense. James, being the great passer he is, can pick that apart with pinpoint dishes to shooters on the perimeter, but with how quickly the Celtics can close out, those shots won't always be open.

LeBron was pretty bad in Game 1 and was sulking on the bench for most of the fourth quarter. "And we're going to take those same looks going into Game 2 if the opportunity presents itself".

This marked the 15th time in James' illustrious career that his team has dropped the first game of a postseason series.

"It's a team effort, man, it's not just me", Morris said after the game, as reported by ESPN.

I have given the Boston Celtics' defense a lot, and they deserve it.

"We've got to help 'Bron", he said. The young players stepped up and played a big role in the game.

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