Baynes plays well as Celtics down Cavs

Chris Fedor

Chris Fedor

He wound up with 42 points, 12 assists and 10 boards, and yet the Cavs were still outscored by nine points in the minutes he was on the floor. It looked really good when the Cavs missed their first 14 3-pointers and missed 22 of 26 overall. That included the game-tying free throw with 6:15 remaining and a thunderous breakaway dunk with James on his heels.

James opened the game by scoring 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting with four rebounds and four assists in 16 minutes. "I just think we did a great job of that". I'm not going to lose sleep over it. You know that scene in Billy Madison where Billy comes out to recess during dodgeball and says "now you're all in big, big trouble" then lays waste to the first graders? "They did what they had to do to protect home court and now it is our time as well".

As expected, Tristan Thompson started in place of Kyle Korver in the hopes his presence could energize what was a sluggish Cavs offense in Game 1.

For the first time since the 2008 East Semifinals, LeBron James trails 0-2 in an intraconference playoff series. Cleveland waved the white flag and emptied its bench after that.

Absolutely nothing. The rest of their starters totaled 11 points. It was their first lead since they were up 3-2 only 49 seconds in. Smith shoved Morris and the pair had to be separated. On the C's next possession, Horford was fouled hard in mid air by Cavs' guard JR Smith, who received a flagrant foul 1 for the hit.

Which brings us back to those lottery results, and that No. 8 pick the Cavs had to swallow. "I think we'll see him play with much more force and much more pace".

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Horford said that, if anything, Smith's infraction only sharpened the Celtics' focus. It wasn't like I was trying to low-bridge him or something to make sure he didn't get it. "We can't just expect him to do everything".

James Harden and Chris Paul combined for 64 points in Game 1 but it wasn't enough, as the Warriors came away with a 119-106 win.

Whatever the case, it's time to take this Celtics team seriously if you haven't already.

There was a key point at the end of the second quarter when the Boston Celtics trimmed the lead to 7, but Marcus Morris showed intensity taking the ball to the hole against Tristian Thompson during a key play in the third quarter.

The Cavaliers fearless leader endured a scary moment right before halftime.

James was on the attack from the opening tip.

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