After an emotional game seven victory over the Washington Wizards on Monday night, the Boston Celtics clearly suffered from a hangover afterward.

 

Wednesday night marked the first game in their Eastern Conference Finals series versus the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers and from the jump, it wasn’t much of a game.

 

The Cavs, having not lost a game yet this postseason, completed their first wire-to-wire victory during these playoffs as they trounced the Celtics from the opening tap to win the game 117-104.

 

LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with a stellar stat line of 38 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, seemingly doing whatever he wanted out on the floor.

 

That stat line for James wasn’t Boston’s biggest problem though. It’s the players around him that were able to get off for the Cavs that opened the game up and made the lead insurmountable.

 

Tristan Thompson finished the game with 20 points and 9 rebounds, Kevin Love went 6 for 9 from three-point land and finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds. These are two players who are the third option or below in the Cavs scoring totem pole, yet they, besides James, did the most damage in Game One. This is a formula that essentially makes the Cavs unstoppable, especially considering the fact that their second option Kyrie Irving had an off night only scoring 11 points on 4 of 11 shooting.

 

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Many expect this series to go five games max for a couple of reasons. One, these Celtics are considered to be one of the worst number one seeds of all time. Two, they’re going up against a Cavs team who not only had 10 days of rest leading up to Game One, but who are also clicking on all cylinders led by LeBron who is having another historic postseason. Finally, with their series with Washington going an intense seven games, many believe that the Celtics just don’t have enough in them to conquer the Cavs who can attack you in many ways.

 

Realistically, the only true weapon that Boston has is Isaiah Thomas while the rest of his teammates are role players at best at this point. If not for breakout games by Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley in two separate games in their last series, they may not have gotten past the Wizards.

 

If Thomas doesn’t light the scoreboard up and the role players don’t exceed expectations, the Celtics will find it very challenging to get past the Cavs, let along win more than one game. It’s going to take a lot and an even better series than that which they played versus Washington in order to get past this team that is clicking on all cylinders.

 

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