What We Learned From Celtics-Cavaliers Game 1

April 19, 2015 - photo frame

BOSTON (CBS) — We knew it wasn’t going to be easy for a Boston Celtics opposite a Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Celtics forsaken Game 1 of their playoff array on Sunday, 113-100 in Cleveland. Boston jumped out to an early lead and took a 31-27 advantage into a second quarter, yet they couldn’t delayed down LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, trailing by as many as 20 points in a third quarter. Boston cut a lead to 6 before a Cavs went on a 9-0 run to tighten a third, and never got closer than 10 points in a game’s final frame.

Read: Game 1 Recap

The Celtics now find themselves in a 1-0 array hole, yet sojourn confident.

“We’ll learn from it and urge from it,” Boston conduct manager Brad Stevens pronounced after a loss. “We have to learn from what we didn’t do good and try to continue what we did do well.”

“We’re still confident,” pronounced ensure Isaiah Thomas. “Coach pronounced we did a lot of unequivocally good things and did some bad things, and those evened out. We’re still assured and guys are prepared for Game 2, meaningful that good or bad, we need to have a brief memory.”

Here’s what we schooled from Boston’s detriment in Game 1:

Strong Start By Celtics

The Celtics got off to a good start in this one, holding a 31-27 corner into a second quarter. Still, Brad Stevens still wasn’t really gratified with his team.

He wasn’t happy with a 27 points a Cavaliers scored in a frame, and knew if his Celtics kept giving Cleveland second-chance opportunities, they wouldn’t be means to slow down their offense. But a Celtics had a good entertain offensively, sharpened 57.1 percent from a floor. Tyler Zeller led a approach with 6 points, and Kelly Olynyk supposing a large boost off a bench with 10 points.

But a start didn’t matter in a end, as a Celtics couldn’t lift that appetite around a rest of a game.

Bradley, Turner Need To Step Up In Game 2

Avery Bradley had one of his misfortune games of a season, sharpened 3-for-10 from a building and 1-for-6 from long-range, finishing with 7 points and 3 fouls.

Even Turner had stretches where he played well, yet altogether was all over a place in Game 1. He finished with 12 points on 4-for-12 shooting, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, yet was a minus-18 in his 34 mins on a floor.

Both players will have to be improved in Game 2 if a Celtics wish to take a win in Cleveland.

Celtics Have To Be Better On Glass

The Celtics mislaid a resilient fight 46-34, with a a Cavs holding a 35-12 resilient corner after 3 quarters. Cleveland had 15 descent rebounds in this one, compared to Boston’s seven.

Boston will have to go to work on a potion in Game 2.

Secret Weapon — Kelly Olynyk?

Celtics brazen Kelly Olynyk scored 10 points in a initial entertain of Game 1 opposite a Cavaliers. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE around Getty Images)

Celtics brazen Kelly Olynyk scored 10 points in a initial entertain of Game 1 opposite a Cavaliers. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE around Getty Images)

Birthday child Kelly Olynyk, who incited 24 on Sunday, was a outrageous means off a dais when a Celtics forsaken 31 points in a initial quarter. He strike all 4 of his shots for 10 points, including an fatiguing asperse off a good feed from Thomas.

Olynyk finished a diversion with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting, and started over Zeller in a second half. He’ll need to be some-more assertive on a play though, as he usually pulled down dual rebounds in his 18 minutes.

Thomas Up To Postseason Challenge

Isaiah Thomas was solid in his playoff debut, scoring 22 points for Boston off a bench. He was 6-for-14 from a field, attack a span of 3 pointers, and strike all 8 of his giveaway throws.

Irving and Love Not Scared Of Playoffs

It didn't matter how many Celtics were guarding him, Kyrie Irving was a game-changer for a Cavaliers in Game 1. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

It didn’t matter how many Celtics were guarding him, Kyrie Irving was a game-changer for a Cavaliers in Game 1. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

While a handful of Celtics done their postseason debuts on Sunday, so did a span of Cleveland stars. And conjunction of them had difficulty with a spotlight or expectations that come with a playoffs.

Boston did a flattering decent pursuit holding LeBron in check (funny that 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists is gripping James in check), yet that gave Kyrie Irving an event to steal the show. The Cavs indicate ensure led all scorers with 30 points, and strike a few back-breaking 3 pointers notwithstanding carrying Celtics defenders draped on tip of him. Irving finished 5-for-9 from prolonged operation and 11-for-21 overall, that will expected means a Celtics to change their defensive concentration only a small bit for Game 2.

As for a other partial of Cleveland’s trio, Kevin Love was plain as well. He finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds, and strike a pivotal 3 with 3:32 left to delayed a Boston run that cut a Cavs’ lead to 10 points.

No playoff experience? No problem for a Cavs.

Tune in to each Celtics playoff diversion on 98.5 The Sports Hub — a flagship hire of a Boston Celtics. Pregame coverage starts 30 mins before to each game!


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