The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 117-104 in Game 1 Wednesday in a game that never felt close. The Cavs led wire to wire and every time the Celtics made even the slightest push, there was a response.
Even so, LeBron James isn’t satisfied. He thinks the team didn’t even play all that well:
LeBron: "I don't even think we played that great tonight."— Jay King (@ByJayKing) May 18, 2017
There are spots where the Cavs’ performance could be critiqued. For one, Kyrie Irving could have played better, as he finished with just 11 points on 4-11 shooting, including an 0-3 mark from three. Kyle Korver also missed five of his six threes and the team shot just 35.5 percent from behind the arc. In his post game press conference, LeBron specifically pointed out his team’s shooting woes from behind the arc.
And yet, the Cavs should feel good about their Game 1 win. They dominated the first half despite only making two threes in the opening 24 minutes. Boston also had a fair amount of open looks that just didn’t fall, but the Celtics didn’t really have an answer for the Cavs’ offense or for Tristan Thompson on the glass.
But maybe there is another gear for Cleveland to hit Maybe the defense can keep improving while figuring out what works and what doesn’t. And maybe the team’s best shooters will make three-pointers the rest of the series. Maybe then LeBron will think the team played great.