With LeBron James showing no respect to any defender the Celtics threw at him, the Cleveland Cavaliers made mincemeat out of Boston in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs won 117-104 but the final score doesn’t truly represent how badly Cleveland beat Boston. The Cavs led by 28 at one point, and since they were dominating the Celtics on their home court, there were a couple of testy moments that led to a lot posturing and talking by both teams.
Overall, those heated moments were just the Celtics’ frustrations reaching a boiling point, a natural human reaction when you are losing so badly.
Yet those feelings can linger, which is why Cavs guard J.R. Smith can see the Celtics playing a little dirty in Game 2 on Friday.