The Celtics seized the lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals, with the victor to face either season wins leader Houston or defending champion Golden State in the NBA Finals. "We've got a different team, just like they do, and a lot of younger guys".
Al Horford finished with 20 points and six assists and Jayson Tatum scored 16 for the undermanned Celtics, who reached the East finals without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward.
LeBron has a attractive game, but he's also got a handsome mind who could probably tell you what he had for lunch on May 11 of 2006 and give you the exact details of the food he ate, who he ate with, who prepared it and where he was when he shopped for the food or the trip to the restaurant where he ate.
Brown scored 13 points in the first quarter while Horford added 11 and the Celtics owned a 14-6 rebounding edge. The Celtics led by 28 when Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue pulled James for good with 7:09 left.
Boston led 36-18 after one quarter after going up by as many as 21, matching the biggest first-quarter deficit James has ever faced in a playoff game. They attacked us early on.
James shot only 3-for-8 in the first half and the Cavaliers missed their first 14 3-point attempts of the game. "It's another great challenge, another great opportunity to experience something for this team".
Kevin Love, who struggled throughout the entire Indiana Pacers series finally rebounded against the Toronto Raptors, and he led the Cleveland Cavaliers in scoring in Game 1, with 17 points.
The Celtics took the floor to a hype video that began with the broadcast of Hayward's injury in the first quarter of the first game, at Cleveland.
As more players went down to injury - including Irving, who came over from the Cavaliers last summer but was done for the season in March - the prophesies grew even gloomier.
It was more than they needed.
Morris, starting in place of Aron Baynes, backed up his boast that he could cover James better than anyone except Kawhi Leonard and helped pester James into seven of Cleveland's nine turnovers. Tristan Thompson had a game-high 11 rebounds off the Cavs' bench. Brown's 3-pointer with 32.4 seconds left in the second quarter gave Boston its biggest lead of the half (28) at 61-33.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens is widely considered one of the brightest minds in basketball, and he's got the evidence to prove it with his on-court success.
One player that talked a lot before the series was Marcus Morris, after declaring he was the best LeBron James defender in the National Basketball Association outside of Kawhi Leonard.