Celtics blow out the Cavs in game 1

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After the game, LeBron James was asked to describe a turning point in the game when the Celtics pulled away, and he robotically described three straight possessions, blow-by-blow. He watched plays on Synergy. He was the front line of defense, but Boston gave the three-time Finals MVP a number of different defenders, and it worked for Game 1.

"Them dudes can't guard". "We have a lot of guys that really just don't care", Marcus Smart said of Boston's approach Sunday.

Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and Al Horford added 20 to power the Boston Celtics over Cleveland 108-83 Sunday, humbling LeBron James and his Cavaliers teammates in their National Basketball Association playoff series opener.

"He's definitely shown that he's not the same player game to game in terms of he always steps it up", Aron Baynes said.

Earlier this season, immediately following the NBA All-Star break, I made a well-informed declaration that LeBron James and the Cavs were the lock of the century as a 5.5-point favorite against the Washington Wizards.

James came in averaging 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game in the playoffs but was lifted with 7:10 left in the blowout. "It's not just me. Going to have to play better Tuesday", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the 108-83 rout in the series opener - a game blown open in the first quarter. I thought they did a good job of switching.

Boston's defense looked like a buddy system. James was hearing the chorus of critics calling him out for a subpar performance in the 2011 NBA Finals against the Mavericks.

On Tuesday night, that LeBron James showed up in Boston and delivered what in any other context we'd be calling a game for the ages: 42 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists. "Trying to make him uncomfortable". I think he can put up similar fantasy numbers today because he can pick up steals, assists and blocks to make up for the dip in scoring. That's the way he wants.

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And perhaps it's in our best interest if we assume the same.

While teammates provided backup, Morris willingly filled James's dance card for much of the one-on-one action. He no longer wanted to play alongside James, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst , making it clear he'd like to be the focal point of a team's offense.

"Because I'm a competitor".

Confidence streams through the Morris family bloodline. Al Horford is the lynchpin of the operation with his ability to guard one through five, giving Boston a unique advantage.

Although it's not uncommon for players to spend off-the-clock hours with their personal trainers, Morris brought his guy from his hometown Philadelphia to Celtics practices held in Waltham, Mass. "They have been showing it all year", Morris said. "We're at his house watching film".

He wasn't impressed with the Toronto Raptors or Indiana Pacers effort.

By the time Morris dropped low into his first defensive stance Sunday, he was prepared. It's very unfortunate that we had those injuries, but no one is going to feel sorry for us at the end of the day, so we have to take our approach of next guy up. He was disappointing in the earlier rounds because they lost his offense, but the Celtics can not be sacrificing that while trying to account for James.

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