Thompson is Cleveland's best bench player at the moment, but it might not be long before he's back in the starting lineup. But starters Thompson, JR Smith and George Hill combined for just 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting.
Horford then drove for a 101-89 lead with 3:38 to play and scored another basket for a 14-point lead.
The Celtics finished with a 12-7 surge, ignited by Smith losing his composure and committing a risky flagrant foul 1 that led to a four-point possession for Celtics All-Star Al Horford at the worst possible time. The matchup featured plenty of physicality, with two sets of double-technical fouls assessed. We're young, but we know exactly who we're playing, we know exactly what's at stake, and we know exactly what's on the other side of that fence. And given how Horford has arguably been the MVP of these playoffs so far, slowing him down will obviously help Cleveland's chances of evening this series at a game apiece tonight.
And if the Irving drama wasn't weird enough, consider this: former Cavs general manager David Griffin recently said Irving had gotten a commitment from Gordon Hayward in the summer of 2014 to join Cleveland before James announced he was coming home.
The "coaching edge" the Celtics hold reared its ugly head before opening tip. The Cavs acquired Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and that 2018 first-round pick.
"Once you get the first one, there's a little bit of house money". Their offense pushed the attack and kept the Cleveland defenders moving, which created a lot of easy shots at the rim for them as the Cavs defense was caught making the simple errors they've made all season when forced to adjust to a malleable attack.
One of the biggest reasons that Michael Jordan is considered by many as the best player to ever play the game was because of his ability to be an outstanding role model and let his actions speak louder than any words he spoke.
The Cavaliers said James had a neck sprain.
During their last five games, the Celtics have scored an average of 104.6 points per game (0.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 99.8 points per game (0.7 below their season average).
"Looking at the statistics, over the last three years with at least 30 possessions [defending him], out of all the guys that have guarded Al Horford, Tristan is No. 1 in the league defending Al Horford", Lue said. "We've got to be tougher, mentally and physically".
Cavaliers: Were outscored 50-42 in the paint after being outscored 60-38 in Game 1.
Aron Baynes and Rozier 3-pointers capped the 36-point third and sent the Celtics to the fourth up 84-77. We've got to help him and be effective. It will be a different environment out in Cleveland; we will have to wait and see if the Cavs fans can match Beantown's energy and passion.
"Whenever we've needed him to step up offensively, he has done that".
Morris is celarly going to be a vital player on both ends in this series, and he could not have done a better job in game one.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, James now has three career playoff 40-point triple-doubles.
Will Cleveland respond with a much-needed victory, or will Boston remain undefeated at home in the 2018 National Basketball Association playoffs and cover?