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Instead of the Boston Celtics young stars being star struck against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Celtics set the tone early and often with a dominating effort in a 108-83 Game 1 win over the Cavaliers. Boston leads this series 1-0.
This avenges the embarrassment on their own floor after the Boston Celtics lost by 13, 44, and 33 points to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the conference finals the year before. The Celtics are now 8-0 at home in the 2018 NBA playoffs and they continue to keep proving the doubters wrong and Boston doesn't even have Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward.
Head coach Brad Stevens does a tremendous job getting them ready for games. Well as for Tyronn Lue and the Cavaliers, they weren't ready to play in Game 1 and it showed early. The Boston Celtics went on a 25-2 run at one point during the first half. The Boston Celtics led by as many 29 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers led only by three points during the game.
Jaylen Brown was the Boston Celtics leading scorer with 23 points and eight rebounds. He shot 60 percent from downtown and 56.2 percent from the field. Brown was also a factor on the defensive end of the floor with a block and a steal. Marcus Morris was in the starting lineup instead of coming off the bench and it paid off. Morris recorded a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He was also inserted into the starting lineup in order to slow down Lebron James. Maybe Stevens will insert Morris in the starting lineup for Game 2 as well.
Al Horford scored 20 points, grabbed four rebounds, recorded six assists, and blocked two shots. Horford was a factor all game long in the low post. Rookie Jayson Tatum continues to amazes as he scored 16 points on six-of-11 made field goals and he also grabbed six rebounds and recorded three assists. Tatum's defense played a big role in Boston's victory with one block and two steals.
The Boston Celtics scored 20 bench points and Marcus Smart scored nine of them. He also recorded six assists and recorded a steal.
Kevin Love was the Cleveland Cavaliers leading scorer with 17 points and he only made 35.7 percent of his shots. Love also grabbed eight rebounds and recorded three assists.
Lebron James had one of his worst games this postseason. He only scored 15 points on five-of-16 shooting. Lebron also grabbed seven rebounds, recorded nine assists, and blocked two shots. Even though he was close to a triple-double, Lebron was basically a non-factor for most of this ball game.
Kyle Korver and George Hill each scored five points. The Cleveland Cavaliers bench was one of there brighter spots in Game 1. They scored 37 bench points. Tristan Thompson scored eight points and grabbed 11 rebounds off the bench. Rodney Hood scored 11 points on 41.7 percent shooting from the field. Jordan Clarkson scored 10 points off the bench for the Cavaliers.
Game 2 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics will be on Tuesday Night in Boston.