Isaiah Thomas Uses 'Space Jam' Reference To Give Celtics Hope Vs. Cavs

Isaiah Thomas Uses 'Space Jam' Reference To Give Celtics Hope Vs. Cavs

The 20 points was a playoff career high for Thompson.

Yet two of the final three games in this series are at TD Garden, where the Wizards haven't won since April 16, 2014.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives between Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, left, and center Kelly Olynyk during the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Wednesday, May. The stars shined bright and the narratives aligned on Wednesday night.

If James continues to have his way and get to the rim at will, this may be a very quick series. And then finishing around the basket. Otherwise, they'll get a chance to rest all they want early next week when their season is over. We have to do what we do better than we did it last night, and then there are some things that we think from a tactical standpoint that we can use at certain times that we never got to use really. "Next game, I will definitely be more aggressive to get into the paint, make plays and make stuff happen". "That's what good teams do, and we have to be ready for whatever they bring to the table". And that hasn't stopped him through these playoffs, though he's had a lot of bad games.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps waves in the crowd during the second half in Game 3 of a second-round NBA playoff series basketball game, Thursday, May 4, 2017, in Washington. If somehow Boston can force that pivotal game 7, there is no doubt in my mind that the Garden will give the Celtics all the confidence they need to dethrone the false king. However, with the Cavs win in Game 1, the advantage shifts to Cleveland as two of the next three are at Quicken Loans Arena. Additionally, Love corralled 12 rebounds, stole one pass and blocked a shot.

He was so dominant as an offensive rebounder that Marcus Smart eventually took matters into his own hands. His almost instantaneous ability to heat up can jump-start Boston's offense, and the others can feed off of that energy. "We did a lot to push it to seven games against that team".

"We're on a mission", he told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. I thought he played well. "Save that for the AAU games". Boston's inability to even give James some semblance of a matchup problem was evident throughout the night.

TT: Tristan Thompson had a big game with 20 points and 9 rebounds.

And there's more work to be done by both of these teams. James looked like he shooed Thomas away during contact.

"He has to see bodies behind me", Crowder said.

Buoyed by a 14-2 run in the first quarter, Cleveland led 22-9 with 4:14 to play and led 30-19 after the first quarter.

The scary part for Boston is that James suggested the Cavaliers might be capable of an even better performance. He stonewalled Al Horford in the post, and nagged rebounds one-handed.

Watching the game, it'd be easy to understand if no one noticed Kyrie Irving's presence for the Cavs. Just two seasons ago, Kelly Olynyk, a current forward for Boston, yanked Kevin Love's shoulder out which crushed the Cavaliers finals dreams that year. Instead, Love stripped the ball from Thomas for a turnover.

Thompson is well past the point of playing for accolades. All that matters is his coaching staff and teammates understanding Thompson's importance to the Cavaliers' success, something obviously not lost on the best player in the world.

"Energy and our defensive intensity", James said.

Boston's halftime deficit was the most Boston had trailed at home in franchise history.