Celtics humble Cavaliers in NBA playoff series opener

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The four-time MVP looked dazed as he checked to see if he had been cut.

One such instance of this occurred on Tuesday night during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.

Lebron James is the Wilt Chamberlain of today's National Basketball Association, while Morris and the Celtics represent Russell and the Celtics of old. In Game 2, James was all but unstoppable as he replied with a 46-point, 12-rebound performance. That being said, he suffered his worst performance in the playoffs by far when the Cavs fell to the Boston Celtics 108-83 on Sunday. He made several hustle plays throughout the game, living up to his reputation as a player who has never quit on a single play. They missed their shots, lost their men on defense and allowed a whopping 60 points in the paint. Even though Anunoby had little success defending James by the series' end - James shot 8-for-19 against the Raptors rookie in Game 1 and then 21-for-36 in Games 2-4 - nobody else on the roster stood much of a chance when switched onto him, allowing James to manipulate matchups to his liking in the halfcourt. Feeding off the building momentum, Brown's hustle prevented Thompson from chasing down an offensive rebound, and Terry Rozier broke out the other way to throw down an emphatic tomahawk jam before James could close on a potential chasedown.

Lue also said it was possible for the Cavs to win if LeBron James has a bad game, just not in Game 1. However, he had his best shooting night of the playoffs in game one, and we will see if this efficient shooting will carry on for the rest of the series.

Celtics humble Cavaliers in NBA playoff series opener
Celtics humble Cavaliers in NBA playoff series opener

The Celtics needed all of it just to survive the opening 12 minutes, because James came out like he had spent the previous 48 hours looping Game 6 in 2012.

Coming into the playoffs, Marcus Morris was separating himself as a primary scorer because of all the injuries for the Boston Celtics.

"We had a really tough loss and he came out and played really well", said Love.

As a franchise, the Celtics are 37-0 when taking a 2-0 lead in a series.

The reporters at the post-game press conference couldn't help but burst into applause as James simply said, 'There you go'.

"We just have to make it hard for him", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of James.

None of that is a factor this time around for a rebuilt roster that despite being down two All-Stars in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, has found a synergy with its remaining group. "I just think we did a great job of that". However, Morris is a confident player and was able to back up his talk at least for game one.

Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals saw Boston clinically dismantle both LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers.

Just a day before tip-off, nobody even knew Morris was going to draw the start in Game 1. The Cavs will need more than that.

Celtics: Went 10 of 31 from the 3-point line. "They're gooning the game up and we've got to do the same thing".