From that point, the Cavaliers would go on a 12-3 run extending into the second quarter to take a 36-20 lead following a Kevin Love layup. It included getting within 11 points with less than 2 minutes to play. Love had been quiet for Cleveland since scoring 27 points in the second game of the opening-round series against in, a game that was played a month ago. His bucket list items include being serenaded by Lizz Wright, and watching the Knicks play an National Basketball Association game in June.
"Just being aggressive and picking my spots", Beal said. "We definitely didn't shoot the ball as well as we're capable of shooting it". "As long as we win, we don't care how it goes".
"But just having all these guys' back and being there for them is huge, and I embrace that". Or do you try to stay at home and do the best you can and make them make a tough shot?
"He got comfortable with what we were doing on the defensive end, and he had his way". If the Celtics were to come back to the Eastern Conference finals with this same team next year, and face this same Cavaliers team, all the experience and hunger in the world wouldn't keep the same thing from happening again.
If they can't play chess, play checkers.
And poor Kelly Olynyk was left out to dry against LeBron, who made a decision to toy with Olynyk before taking him to the basket.
Isaiah Thomas' mouth is bearing the brunt of the physical playoff series between the Celtics and Wizards.More news: National Hockey League playoffs 2017: James Neal's goal gives Predators OT win over Ducks
Whereas the attention Thomas draws on offense is his biggest-and often only-asset, it's not quite so easy to pinpoint James's most important contribution. Most players would would be happy with the win, but LeBron James thinks his team can play better.
Give the Celtics credit for playing a second half with a little more fire.
A loss Friday would also leave Boston with the daunting proposition of having to win four out of five games to take the series - a almost impossible task against a team that since James returned to Cleveland in 2014-15 has a 33-4 playoff record against Eastern Conference opponents.
Forty-two to twenty in the third quarter good.
Boston missed 11 of their first 14 shots and were 2 of 16 from three in the half.
It will be hard for Thompson to not get into any more altercations this series.
To nearly no one's surprise, the Cavs made light work of the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. At age 32, James is coasting through the playoffs with inhuman averages of 34.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.3 blocks on 56% shooting and 43% from downtown.