Yesterday was the first game of the Eastern Conference Finals. The game did not go as fans expected. Either team could have won, but we thought it would be closer. But, the Celtics won by 25. They beat the Cavs 108-83.
The Cavaliers did not have a good game yesterday. The Celtics outplayed the Cavs the whole game. They scored 36 points in the first quarter, and had an 18 point lead going into the second. By halftime, the Celtics lead by 26 points. The score was 61-35. Then, in the third quarter, the Cavs trimmed the lead down to 14. But, the Cavs did not capitalize off their brief comeback. The Celtics scored 30 points in the fourth quarter, and held onto their lead.
Jaylen Brown scored 23 points. Marcus Morris had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Morris had a good game both offensively and defensively. Before the series, Morris said that he was the second best player at defending LeBron James. He was only second to Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs.
For the Celtics,Al Horford also scored 20 points and Jayson Tatum scored 16 points.
For the Cavaliers, Kevin Love was the scoring leader. He scored 17 points. He also shot 36% from the field. LeBron James scored 15 points on 31% from the field. He also had an uncharacteristic 7 turnovers. Maybe Marcus Morris had a point. Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson contributed off the bench. Hood scored 11 points, while Clarkson scored 10. Clarkson did not shoot well either, but he still managed to contribute.
Game 2 is on Tuesday. The Cavs had 5-6 days of rest before this series. In the playoffs, that can be both an advantage and disadvantage. As a team you are rested. But, you could also be sluggish. This could have happened for the Cavs. In Game 2, the Cavs will likely play better. If so, we could have a good game and series on our hands.