Cavaliers vs. Celtics: Game 2 Prediction, NBA Playoff Odds

Celtics open East finals by ripping Cavaliers

Celtics open East finals by ripping Cavaliers

The Celtics shockingly dominated the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals with a serious statement win, which left many wondering afterward if they picked this series wrong.

Ahead of the matchup in which many believe LeBron James will unleash a heroic performance, Big Papi tried to help out the Celtics by sending a message to The King. As a team, the Cavs finished the game with three blocked shots - two of them by LeBron James and one by Kyle Korver. "We did a good job of that and we just have to keep it up". The offense was overall spectacular. That way, the team can stay in-rhythm, shot-selection is improved and the ball-movement is... well... existent. "I'll be able to tell my kids this one day", Morris told reporters including Washburn after the game.

Playoff basketball is a different beast entirely and sometimes, the moments just become too overwhelming.

Some teams have discipline but lack depth.

"We have to focus on what we do best, realize that you're going to get that punch, that you're going to get that hit by LeBron and the rest of those guys", said Stevens. That didn't stop head coach Brad Stevens from adjusting his lineup.

LeBron James will play with more vigor and emotion, and basically play better.

On top of that, depth creates flexibility in lineups. "This is its own game, we have to really come out with that edge that we've been playing with". Morris excelled in a way even he couldn't have expected in Game 1. They have been proving this since the 60's when Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain would clash regularly. Embiid's already a player who grabs headlines regularly and at times, dealing with all that attention can be challenging. James had to revert on jump shots for much of the game, barring a couple of layups he completed primarily via cuts to the basket.

The Celtics seized the lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals, with the victor to face either season wins leader Houston or defending champion Golden State in the NBA Finals.

At times during the 76ers' now concluded playoff run, they looked lost, and that's understandable.

Motivation has been a tremendous plus for this squad.

Aren't the best of the lot like that-if not the majority of them? They have the best defense in the league, as they constantly adjust to their opponent's game plan, but still stay disciplined in their approach.

Boston went aggressive from the opening tip, building a 36-18 bubble in the 1st quarter before erecting a 61-35 halftime lead. Since then he has played no more than three seasons for each of the three previous teams before signing with the Boston Celtics in the 2017 offseason. The C's have switched things up from possession to possession or from quarter to quarter. "We fed off the crowd and we kept it going throughout the game".

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