Unfortunately, what was widely expected happened in game One of the Cavs vs Celtics match and the hosts ran away with an easy 120-95 win at the TD Garden. The Cavs gave away 40 points in the first quarter of this match and it was always going to be near impossible to recover from that. Here’s how things unfolded in the Cavs vs Celtics game One of the Eastern Conference semifinals. 

Cavs vs Celtics – where was the defence early on?

The Cavs lost the opening quarter of this match 34-40! They gave away lots of easy layups and uncontested threes. The effort on the defensive end looked disjointed. 

The one extremely frustrating thing was the rebounding. Boston Celtics outrebounded the Cavs 55 to 38 in this game, despite missing their starting center Kristas Porzingis. It was simply an unacceptable lack of effort on the glass.   

Cavs vs Celtics – the hosts never lost focus

After losing the opening quarter the Cavs never recovered, while Boston looked locked in. The Celtics ended up winning all four quarters of this match [40-34, 19-15, 33-28 and 28-18] to create the emphatic 120-95 final score. 

The Cavs really should have done much better on the defensive end. They allowed Boston to shoot 48.9% from the field (48 of 92). This was despite Jayson Tatum struggling all match – 7 of 19 and 0 from 5 from distance for only 18 points. 

For the Cavs Donovan Mitchell once again did his thing – 33 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. However, Darius Garland and Max Strus once again failed to support Mitchell. Garland finished with just 14 points on 6 of 15 shooting. Strus had only 5 points on 2 of 8. 

In the end, it came down to the accuracy again and the big gulf between the teams was exposed. The Celtics took 92 field goals and shot 48.9%, while the Cavs took 90 shots in this match but made only 37 of those for 41.1% accuracy. This could never be enough against the team with the best record in the NBA this season. 

Cavs vs Celtics series – what tweaks the Cavs need to do for Game Two

A better shooting percentage combined with much better defensive effort are the obvious changes that need to happen if the Cavs don’t want to travel back to Ohio trailing 0-2. The other big change has to be on the glass. The Cavs must outrebound a team missing their 7-foot-3 starting center. Game Two of the Cavs vs Celtics series is on Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m. in Boston. 

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