Yikes... we just witnessed a massacre. Which I feel bad about in one sense, given the fact that it is Mother's Day. No mother should have to experience what the mothers of the Cavalier players just experienced. However, on the other hand, I could not be more thrilled to have witnessed the Boston Celtics absolutely dismantle LeBron James and the Cavaliers. Celtics beat the Cavs, 108-83.
This game was over quickly, the Celtics went on a 17-0 run during the first quarter and they really never looked back.
Jaylen Brown was the game's high scorer with 23 points, also adding 8 rebounds. Marcus Morris, who got the start tonight, also added to the Celtics big win. Morris had 21 points and 10 rebounds. But more importantly, he had the major hand in holding LeBron to just 15 points.
Al Horford may have been the reason the Celtics got out to such a fast start. From the get, Horford was aggressive on both offense and defense. It set the tone for the entire game.
Horford finished with 20 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds. He also tallied 2 blocks.
Jayson Tatum led the squad in +/- at +27. He also poured in 16 points.
Now, how can I write about the team without mentioning my guy Terry Rozier...
Rozier notched only 8 points, but filled the stat sheet with an additional 8 assists and 6 rebounds.
Collectively, the Celtics showed that they are not the underdog in this series. Many think that LeBron James is the end all be all, that whatever team has him will win. Wrong.
The green team is no longer afraid of the Cavs, nor are they intimidated by James.
The Celtics are a better team. TEAM is the key word there. LeBron is the best player in the series, sure. But boy oh boy, this "do it by committee" Celtics approach and mindset is absurd. It is amazing to walk.
Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston at 8:30pm