By the way LeBron James was dominating against other teams before the Eastern Conference Finals, it seemed as if though nobody could stop him. He was beasting against opponents and made it look so easy, especially last series against the Toronto Raptors. But then he faced the swarming Boston Celtics defense.
Game 1 against the C’s was a 25 point blowout at TD Garden, which exposed some of the weaknesses in the Cleveland Cavaliers squad.
Though King James had 15 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds, it was an underwhelming performance by the man, compared to what we have seen out of him this postseason. Cavs were a -32 with LBJ on the floor in Game 1.
Before the game, Marcus Morris trolled everyone by saying he’s the greatest defender against James, and he certainly silenced haters for one game.
Not only that, but he also scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Boston.
Jaylen Brown dropped 23 points, while Al Horford had 20 for the Celtics, while Jayson Tatum contributed with 16 points of his own. On the other side of the ball, only Kevin Love was in double figure points for the Cavs.
After the game, James answered questions from the media, interestingly saying that he has zero level of concern after the Cavs Game 1 loss. He’s been in this position before and has the confidence he can still win the series.
One of the funniest parts of the press conference besides him messing up Jordan Clarkson’s name was when he was asked what happened at the start of the fourth quarter. He practically narrated exactly what happened during that stretch in detail. Like if the play just finished.
It’ll be interesting to see how the Cavs come out for Game 2 and if they can keep things close in the first quarter through the fourth and not let the Celtics get up double digits in points.