Defending champion Cleveland, playing their first game since May 7, put on a clinic, leading wire to wire and cruising to a 117-104 blowout of the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday.
In the closeout game against the Wizards, Thomas buried nine shots, including three three-pointers, and eight free throws on the way to a 29-point performance, which he credited to watching film of James against the Celtics in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. LeBron James, 32, led the way for his team with 38 points, with Kevin Love, adding another 32, a new playoff record for the 28-year-old.
Game two tips-off at 8:30 p.m. "My mind is always racing on how I can make this the best possession at that particular time", James said.
We now have to start wondering why the Boston Celtics figure it makes sense to continue giving LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers bulletin board material.
"We've got to help each other, we've got to have each other's backs a little bit more", Brown said of the plan against James. They're not the Monstars. Thomas guided the Celtics to four straight wins after they lost their first two games of the series at home. "They lace up their shoes just like us".
"He's playing at a high level right now and that's the reason why we're riding him so much", Lue said. "He's an incredible coach, so we've just got to be prepared for that". We've seen what we did wrong before. We want to let everybody in this world know that we're for real, and we're one of the top teams in the National Basketball Association, and with this series we've got to go out and show the world because like everybody knows, everybody is counting us out. "Now we just have to execute".
"(LeBron James) is just a guy, Brown said.
The Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers in game two of the Eastern Conference final on May 19 at 8:30pm EST.
With Thomas and the Celtics anxious to even the best-of-seven series at 1-1 heading back to Cleveland for Game 3 on Sunday, the Cavaliers are expecting an all-out effort at TD Garden. Unfortunately, you will be needing an authentication with your cable provider should you want to watch Cavaliers vs. Celtics Game 2 live stream on Watch TNT.