LeBron, Love help Cavs rout Celtics 117-104 in Game 1


So while the T-shirt was for his alma mater, Akron's St. Vincent-St.

"He's playing at a high level".

And it was a not-so-subtle jab.

"They're a worthy opponent", said a rather gruff James, who didn't have much to say about the Celtics or anything else after the Cavs concluded their final practice during a lengthy layoff. "We have to game plan every game; we have to game plan for what they bring to the table". "They ain't (giving) us a chance when we was down 2-0 to Chicago. And when we have to mentally focus on our challenges that we have every game".

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Steve Kerr surprised many when he showed up to Oracle Arena for the first two games of the Western Conference finals, and it looks like his recovery is continuing to head in a positive direction.

The Celtics couldn't get anything working when they had the ball, held to just 35 percent from the field in the first half and 2 for 16 from beyond the arc. Cleveland lost their final four games and their last eight of 13. Two months later, James took his talents to South Beach.

Kerr, who hasn't coached the team since Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round series against the Blazers, has been dealing with back pain stemming from surgery he had nearly two years ago. "LeBron came in and had 45 points, think he made six 3s and he was just determined that he wasn't going to let his team lose".

It was five years ago that LeBron James walked into TD Garden and amassed 45 points and 15 rebounds in a Game 6 victory that avoided the Miami Heat's elimination from the postseason. He was the best player on the court to such a comical degree, and watching him and the Cavs roll through the weak-ass Celtics was like watching an older sibling pull the "Stop hitting yourself!" routine.