Three Stars from Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers Game 1

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There’s no mystery as to how the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics as their reliable faces did more than enough to run away from the struggling Celtics. The Celtics may have had a chance to overcome great performances from the Cavaliers but with so many players on their side being a liability game one was a lost cause.

Third Star

LeBron James

20 Points 6 Rebounds 7 Assists

LeBron James played second fiddle to Kyrie Irving but he still managed to stuff the stat sheet. James had his way with the Celtics defense as they had no answer for him when he got into the paint. James did not need to do take over on the scoring front, but he was solid defensively and was a great facilitator. James certainly has more to offer and will surely have a more eye popping performance in future games but for game one he played well enough to be one of the three stars.

Apr 19, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) holds the ball in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Second Star

Isaiah Thomas

22 Points 10 Assists 5 Rebounds

Thomas was the most successful offensive option for the Celtics. He led them in scoring and did so with an aggressive attitude. Thomas was driving to the paint and getting to the free throw line and he was the main reason the Celtics managed to keep the game within reach. The biggest issue for Thomas was the five turnovers. Thomas looked lost at times and threw wild passes after driving. These turnovers hurt the rhythm of the Celtics offense and they cannot afford to do that against a much more talented team.

Apr 19, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives between Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov (20) and forward Kevin Love (0) in the third quarter in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

First Star

Kyrie Irving

Irving was nothing short of spectacular in his postseason debut and even though the Celtics often played stellar defense on him it really did not matter. Irving did most of his damage with 5 three pointers but he was truly able to do what ever he wanted. Irving put on display why he is considered one of the premier scorers in the league as one of the better defensive back courts in the league had no answer for Irving.

Apr 19, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) drives to the basket in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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