This year’s playoffs has been out of character for LeBron James. In scoring more than 40 points several times against the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors in rounds one and two he was more Michael Jordan than Magic Johnson. The general consensus was he would be a one-man gang against the Celtics as well. That thesis did not materialize however, as the Celtics sent “LeBron And The Pips” back on that midnight train to Georgia:
As LeBron James waited to inbound the ball late in the first half of Sunday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, a single piece of green confetti danced toward him.
It was not a premature celebration for a Boston Celtics team building what would be a 26-point halftime lead — the worst postseason deficit ever endured by a James-led team — nor was it a troll of the Philadelphia 76ers and their Game 3 snafu last round.
The confetti, though — merely leftover from a concert Saturday night at TD Garden — was foretelling of the Game 1 dismantling the Celtics would put on the defending Eastern Conference champs.
On offense it was a balanced effort. The Celtics’ starters outscored Cleveland’s starting five 88 – 46. If your starters are only going to score 46 points then why even bother showing up? LeBron had 15 points on 5-16 shooting. Kevin Love led the Cavaliers with 17 points. The other three starters had 14 points between them.