Celtics trail by largest halftime deficit in National Basketball Association playoff history

LeBron James offered a rather ominous comment after his Cleveland Cavaliers won the opener of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.

Only a 47-point loss in Orlando (124-77) against the young Shaquille O'Neal-led Magic in the first round of the 1995 playoffs ranks higher, or lower, depending on your perspective.

Stevens said he envisions Brown playing "a large role" throughout the series, so a potential start in Game 2 may not be out of the question.

The Cavaliers are looking to have a 2-0 advantage while staring at another grandeur step into the NBA Finals.

But, even with that being said, Thomas and company seem to think that somehow, they will beat the Cavaliers in the seven-game series.

Games 3 and 4 are in Cleveland Sunday and Tuesday. But sometimes in life, you've just gotta take your L as it comes. "He's an incredible coach, so we've just got to be prepared for that". "They're not No. 1 in the East for no reason".

After getting dominated in Game 1 in nearly all areas, Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas said that, although the Cavaliers now have home-court advantage, Boston still, somehow, isn't scared of the wine and gold.

Propelled by LeBron James at the peak of his powers, the Cavs have reeled off two series sweeps and nine straight victories.

"We just have to make it as hard as possible as a group", said Stevens. "That's just from these guys developing him". And surely if he'd said that and stopped there when asked, that would have been good enough.

"I don't want to put that on any one guy". "Ultimately, they were terrific". "You've got to be able to pick up the slack, certainly when other guys aren't available".

Up to this point, the Eastern Conference Finals have been in no way competitive.

But nothing worked as the Cavs reeled off a 34-11 run to end the first half.

Prior to the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery, some flirted with the idea that the Boston Celtics should trade Isaiah Thomas.

One week after displaying his dazzling skills at the team's rookie minicamp, Garrett got the business side of things out of the way by signing his deal Friday.

"It was obviously just embarrassing", said Avery Bradley.

The game tipped off about 15 minutes after the three finalists for NBA MVP were announced, and James wasn't among them.

Harden made the first team for the third time.

"You've got to give the award to different people every now and then", Lue said.

The four-time MVP's four steals helped him pass Michael Jordan for the second-most in National Basketball Association playoff history.

The Celtics repeatedly said the Cavaliers threw the first punch, and they never really answered that strike.

On one hand, Brown is right! And more and more after that one. According to ESPN's report, he scored 26 points in the paint which is his career-best in the playoffs.

This probably sounds like a broken record, but the Celtics can't afford to dig a giant hole in the first half.

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