The Cleveland Cavaliers dominated the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 117-104. Though the winning margin was only 13 points, the Cavs had a huge lead throughout most of the game. Most players would would be happy with the win, but LeBron James thinks his team can play better.
“I don’t even think we played that great tonight,” LeBron told reporters. “We definitely didn’t shoot the ball as well as we’re capable of shooting. I know Kyle [Korver] had three or four very, very good looks that he missed when we had a good stretch. But I think the energy and the effort and the mindset was where it needed to be starting on the road, especially in the Eastern Conference Finals.”
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The Cavs did struggle from deep, shooting 11-for-31 or 35 percent from 3-point range. During the regular season they shot 38 percent from downtown, and during the playoffs so far, they are shooting an outstanding 42 percent.
LeBron not only thinks the Cavs can play better as a team, he also said that he “didn’t feel that great.” Despite not playing for 10 days, The King scored 38 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished seven assists.
If the Cavs were not playing up to their potential and LeBron wasn’t feeling great, the Celtics are in for a long series—or rather, a short one.