The Boston Celtics came out on fire Sunday and ran roughshod over the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first 14 minutes, shooting 57% and leading after the first quarter and into the second by eight points. Then things settled down for the Cavaliers who had multiple players with zero playoff experience including Kevin Love who clanked his first five shots. Love would go on to score 14 points over the next 18 minutes.
“It’s very important that Kev stays involved,” LeBron James said. “For our ultimate goal, Kevin has to be in the rhythm or at least touching the ball and feel like he’s a part of what we’re doing, which he is.”
The Celtics were led by Isiah Thomas Jr. with 22 points and 10 assists off the bench.
“We’re still confident,” Thomas said. “Coach (Brad Stevens) said we did a lot of really great things and we did some bad things. They kind of evened out, and that’s why we ended up losing the game. So we’re still confident.”