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.”
Game two is tonight at 7. Plenty of great seats and affordable tickets are still available so be sure to get yours today and help cheer on your Boston Celtics!
Garnett still a game time decision
The LeBron James led Miami Heat come into Boston riding a record tying 23-game winning streak to face the team that ended their last winning streak at 11-games.
”If there’s any group that would be motivated in a circumstance like this, it’s that team in green,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ”I don’t know if the streak will be a big factor, but they love playing against us, and vice versa. That’s what happens when you meet a team consecutively in the playoffs. There’s a history there, and that’s what makes these games special.”
Celtic’s center Kevin Garnett did not participate in shoot around Monday morning and is still a game time decision.
“We don’t know what he’s going to do,” Head Coach Doc Rivers said Sunday. “My guess is he’s 50-50 at best.”
Ex-Celtic drops 19 points against former team
After making the visiting Boston Celtics endure a Ring Ceremony, the Miami Heat went out and dropped them in their home opener 120-107. Dwayne Wade scored 29 points and LeBron James added 26 points/10 boards.
“It was good to cap this night off with a win,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It was an emotional time for all of us in our organization.”
There were other fireworks during the game when Rajon Rondo flagrantly fouled Wade as he drove through the lane for a bucket.
“It was a punk play by him,” Wade said. “The league will take care of it. He clotheslined me, with two hands.”
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