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Celtics Set the Tone with 108-83 Game 1 Win vs Cavs

Celtics Set the Tone with 108-83 Game 1 Win vs Cavs

(Boston, MA, 05/13/18) Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter during Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden in Boston on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Staff photo by Christopher Evans

By: Lucas Vargas

The Boston Celtics opened game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals with a resounding 108-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Marcus Morris backed up his comments on guarding LeBron, “I think I’m probably the best guy defending him in the league, outside of Kawhi”, by leading a team defensive effort that held James to a 2018 Playoff low 15 points and forced him to commit 7 turnovers. Morris contributed 21 points on the offensive end and added 10 rebounds in 34 minutes of play during his first postseason start.

The Celtics continue to compete despite the losses of star players Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving due to injuries over the course of the season mostly thanks to the accelerated maturation of recent lottery selections Jaylen Brown and Jason Tatum who scored 23 and 16 points respectively. The rising duo of 21 and 20 years old looks poised and confident on both ends of the floor and their consistent improvement has kept the ceiling of this Boston team high. Al Horford dropped 20 points and remains a steady veteran presence for the young group.

The Cavaliers will look to bounce back offensively after shooting just 36% from the floor and 4-26 from 3 point range. Kevin Love led the Cavs in scoring with 17 and Rodney Hood chipped in 11 off the bench. Cleveland has not lost back to back games this postseason. Boston is 8-0 at home in the 2018 playoffs. Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston at 7:30 PM Central Time.

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Trey Elling

May 14th, 2018

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