Cleveland moves to the second round of the playoffs with a 101-93 victory. In a very physical game Cleveland survived but didn’t go unscathed losing Kevin Love in the first quarter to a shoulder injury. Also J.R. Smith got ejected in the 3rd quarter for backhand slap on Jae Crowder. Cleveland is by far a more talented team than Boston who started playing bully ball in the last two games.Love is probably is going to be down for extended period, while Smith is facing a suspension. Kendrick Perkins might also be getting suspended. That’s enough off court stuff let’s get back to what happened on the court.
Lebron James 46 minutes 27 points 10 rebounds 8 assists 3 steals
King James is difference maker even when he has a poor shooting performance. The best player on the planet has been here before.
Kyrie Irving 43 minutes 24 points 11 rebounds 3 assists
Uncle Drew is just a pure shot maker who is clutch. Irving showed in this series his first playoff experience he can handled it.
Iman Shumpert 37 minutes 15 points 10 rebounds 2 steals
When Smith got ejected Shump stepped in and did well especially on the defensive end stopping little Isaiah Thomas.
Timofey Mozgov 27 minutes 12 points 11 rebounds 3 blocks
They got Mozgov going early in some pick and rolls. He was one of four players to grab 10+ rebounds in the game.
Cleveland has taken step one in the playoffs. They also have a degree of uncertainty with the Love and Smith issues. They will need this rest to reevaluate how they approach the 2nd round of the playoffs.