The city of Cleveland hasn't experienced playoff basketball since 2010, after the Cavs were eliminated in the Eastern Conference semi-finals by the Celtics. Fast forward 5 years later, the Cavs are back in the playoff against an unfamiliar Celtics squad.
Coming into this series, I said the Cavs would win in 5 games, today, they took game 1, 113-100. The Celtics didn't make this an easy game for the Cavs, outscoring them 31-27 in the first quarter. The problem was they just didn't have enough firepower to keep up with the Cavs big 3, who combined for 69 points, while the Celtics starting 5 only combined for 45 points.
Kyrie led all scorers with his 30 point performance, shooting 5-9 from behind the arc in his first postseason game. As much as I don't want to say that Kyrie is the best PG in the league, he forces me to reconsider. That throne still belongs to Russell Westbrook but "Uncle Drew" is without in that convo. It's just impressive to see that the moment is never too big for him.
K-Love didn't have a great shooting night, 5-14 from the field but he did grab 12 boards with 19 points. LeBron said the Cavs will need Love to play at a high level in order for them to win the championship and I agree with him. Similar to Bosh' s role with the Heat, Love will have to be that inside presence and without that, I don't see them winning it, even with LeBron.
Like I said the Celtics did give the Cavs a good run. In the third quarter they came back from down 20 to cut it to single digits heading into the 4th. Isiah Thomas led the team with 22 points off the bench, which I think should change. Game 2 will be Tuesday at 7pm.