The aggressiveness, the accuracy... "I love playing that way". Boston, which needed six games to beat No. 8 seed Chicago in the first round and the full seven to top No. 4 Washington in the second round, had nothing in the tank for a Cavs team that came into this series with 10 full days of rest. He went over, around, and through the entire state of MA en route to a 38-point, 9-rebound, 7-assist night, and the matchups tell us it could happen again.
Kevin Love, looking like the Kevin Love from his Minnesota days, fired in a career-playoff-high 32 points, including four 3-pointers in the third quarter, and grabbed 12 rebounds.
We have seen in this series with Cleveland just how Jaylen Brown's improvement from the start of the season until now, has adequately prepared him to be a player to watch next season.
Cleveland won the series opener 117-104 on the road after James scored 38 points with nine rebounds and seven assists.
"He was pretty despondent not to be able to play", Stevens said".
The Celtics were going to be in prime position no matter how the Ping-Pong balls bounced in a hotel ballroom Tuesday.
He might have changed his mind by midway through the second quarter. It began with James knocking down a three. It was like the sellout crowd at TD Garden blinked and suddenly Boston was down 45-20.
As long as Cleveland has LeBron James, this team should be favored in the playoffs against any opponent in the National Basketball Association not named the Golden State Warriors, at home or on the road.
The Cavs outscored the Celtics in the second quarter 40-13, with James playing the entire period. By halftime, the Cavaliers were sitting on a 72-31 lead. King James has scored at least 32 points in every playoff game this postseason except for Game 2 against in in the first round. "It's all easier said than done, but we've got to figure out our best avenue quickly". "He's really setting the tone for us in these playoffs. They just happened to play better than us in Game 1 and we've just got to protect home court in Game 2 and get the win". "We felt like we could have played better and there are some things we'll look at that will be better for Friday".
Lue chuckled when he found out after the game that James was not a finalist. James made the first team for a record-tying 11th time, matching the mark set by Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone.
"These opportunities don't come around very much", Hayward said earlier this month.
"What are you going to do?" I also know that they're gonna turn it into whatever the best asset it can be. "I know I can impact the game, whether it shows up in the stat sheet or not. It's not for me to be concerned about". If any contemporary player has ever played at an equal level to the one James is right now, it was presumably Michael Jordan, and not even His Airness was James's physical equal. However, Cleveland is now 9-0 this postseason and would love to match Golden State's 10-0 start. "But to me, LeBron's the MVP".
Joining Harden and James on the first team were Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans' Anthony Davis. I think now that they are back in game mode, they should continue to roll.
"It's just being in sync", said Korver.
"Before the draft previous year, Danny was trying to get two picks, not just Jaylen Brown", the longtime Boston reporter said. "Now we just have to execute".
Sure, the Cavaliers got blasted for not taking the season seriously.
"It is all mental for me at this point", said James. "Our team is in a great groove, and I'm happy to be a part of that groove. We've just got to protect home court in Game 2 and get the win". That's the goal. Can you do that? He can get it going at any time. "That's what good teams do and we have to be ready for anything they bring to the table".