BOSTON, Sporting Alert — The Cleveland Cavaliers aim to take a perfect record into the NBA Finals and they can move a step closer towards accomplishing that feat with another win against the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Friday night.
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Cleveland easily bounced Boston 117-104 in Game 1 of the seven-game series on Wednesday night and LeBron James and Co. will look to take a 2-0 lead ahead of their home fixtures.
James delivered yet another superstar performance in Game 1 with 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the win for the Cavaliers.
James is averaging 34.8 points, nine rebounds and 7.1 assists in the current 9-0 postseason win streak, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens believes it’s scary how much better the four-time league MVP has gotten since entering the league.
“It’s hard to believe, but he’s better than when I got into the league,” Stevens said during his post-game press conference Wednesday night.
He added that LeBron is “a lot better. Just as you get older, you gain more experiences, you see more things.
“Yeah, I didn’t think he could get any better after that, but he is. He’s a good player. Great player.”
On Friday night, James and his cast, which includes Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, will hope to continue their dominance over opponents in the playoffs this campaign.
Love had 32 points and 12 rebounds in Game 1, Thompson finished with 20 points and nine boards, while Irving, who had a quiet night, ended with 11 points and six assists in the opening game of the series.
Jae Crowder led Boston in the defeat in Game 1 with 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists and Avery Bradley added 21 points for the Celtics.
Star point guard Isaiah Thomas finished with 17 points and 10 assists for Boston.
All those three players, with the addition of Al Horford and the bench, must combine for better figures if the Celtics are going to have a chance.
Following the bashing on Wednesday night, you can expect Boston to modify things a bit for the second encounter.
LeBron is bracing for something different.
“There’s gonna be some adjustments made from both sides,” James said Thursday.
“We have to be ready for it. Obviously, we don’t know the exact adjustments but we know they’re gonna make adjustments.
“That’s what good teams do and we have to be ready for anything they bring to the table.”