Kevin Love Quietly Had His Best Playoff Game Ever Against The Celtics
20 May, 2017, 10:27 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
After scoring 38 points on 14-for-24 shooting with seven assists, nine rebounds and two steals, after making the No. 1-seeded Boston Celtics look like they belong in a different league, after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their ninth straight victory in this year's playoffs, the first question posed to LeBron James on Wednesday was, "Right now, would you say this is the most comfortable you've felt in your entire career?"
And if the Celtics don't play any better than they did in the first half of the opener, that could be it.
For the Celtics, this is a bad sign. It's just that the Cavaliers (or just LeBron) were just too good.
At this point, doing this is like trying to walk on water.
However, driving to the basket is still, and always has been, his bread-and-butter. Left side, right side, down the middle, left had, right hand... you name it, the Celtics let him do it. Boston sports fans wondered: what else were they supposed to do, stop cheering because their team was losing? That was on display in Game 4, as they would end up winning the battle in the paint in terms of points, but especially rebounding. Fortunately, unlike most teams who can't just wave a wand and change the core of their roster for the better, the Celtics scored the No. 1 pick in the draft on Tuesday, adding to their already stocked stash of assets, and that opens up all kinds of options.
Yet two of the final three games in this series are at TD Garden, where the Wizards haven't won since April 16, 2014. Fight fire with fire. As long as James is dominating the game from every possible aspect, no one is slowing down the Cavaliers. They gave double priority to offense and slacked on defense - a strategy good enough for a Western Semifinals appearance.
A day after winning the National Basketball Association draft lottery and earning the right to the No. 1 overall pick, the Celtics were reminded of the gap between them and the defending National Basketball Association champion Cavaliers when Cleveland opened the Eastern Conference finals with a 117-104 victory on Wednesday night. As a side note, Bradley should really pass the rock more. They clearly still have holes to plug, and the Celtics can possibly expose that through fundamental ball movement. If they can't beat LeBron one-on-one, they might as well beat his team together.
This is perhaps the hardest of all tasks for Boston but also the most important.
Stevens in his news conference before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals sounded like a man about to step in front of a hurricane armed only with a flimsy umbrella.
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