The Boston Celtics Lose Game 1
Wednesday the Boston Celtics felt like they were on the top of the world that morning. They are the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. Also, they just received the number one pick in the 2017 draft Tuesday.
But that night their heads hung low. The Celtics fell victim to a massacure losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-104 in Boston.
“I just think that they were the more aggressive team with more energy, and they got us down from the beginning,” said Horford. “We can’t allow a team of their caliber to build a lead like that in the first quarter. … It’s an uphill battle and we just got to be better to start the game.”
According to ESPN, the Celtics had 12 more assists than Cleveland but went just over 55% from the free throw line. In addition, giving the ball away 14 times doesn’t help at all.
“I know that we have to play a lot better at the start,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “You can’t dig yourself a hole like that against them.”
Stevens referring to the 30-19 lead the Cavs had going into the second quarter. Then the lead expanded as they went up 61-39 after the half.
Cleveland was lead by the best player in the NBA, LeBron James. James put up a game high 38 points. He accompanied that with nine boards and seven dimes.
“It’s the mindset you have to have when you go on the road, for Game 1,” James said. “You can’t start the game off lax, or shooting a bunch of jump shots. That’s my mindset.
“I have to be in attack mode, just put the pressure on the defense, see what happens. I was able to do that early.
These numbers would equal a win in many other games. But without the Celtics playing stout defense from the start, they lost.
The Celtics can tie up the series in game two in Boston, Friday. But James might just want a sweep.
Watch: LeBron James Dominate Boston Celtics in Game 1