Morris, Celtics Dominate LeBron, Cavs in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals

Jonathan Grant | May 14th, 2018

It has been a magical playoff run thus far for the Boston Celtics, and it looks like they have no intention of letting that end just yet. Sunday’s Game 1 against the four seed Cavaliers in Boston saw the unfancied Celtics come out and lay down a marker for the series ahead. Not only did they win this game, but they did so in a fashion that will turn heads all over the world.

Marcus Morris, the latest of players that many won’t have heard much about before, stepped up this time around to have quite possibly the game of his career. Sure, he had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the game, but it was his defensive contribution that was key for the Celtics. The Boston forward was tasked with the unenviable job of guarding LeBron James, and to say that he succeeded in that task would be a massive understatement as he would allow James a playoff low of only 15 points.

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This comes off the back of James and the Cavs running roughshod over the Toronto Raptors in the previous series. Many believed that LeBron would simply continue his play and that it would build to a crescendo- the fourth meeting of the Cavaliers and Warriors in four years. But for now, Brad Stevens, Marcus Morris, and the rest of the Celtics have other ideas.

They all came out and played well to not only hang up over a 100 points but to also keep Cleveland from getting there themselves with a 103-83 win at the final buzzer. One of the more worrying things for the Cavaliers will be their lack of ability to hit a three pointer in the game. LeBron missed all five of his attempts, and his supporting cast were not able to help him out all that much. If Boston can make him pass the ball with hard defense, and the Cavs don’t hit shots, it’s going to be nigh on impossible for them to find a way past the incredibly scrappy and team-minded Celtics four times out of six.

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