These Celtics are different than last year’s Celtics

BOSTON — You don’t win a series in Game 1. Anyone old enough to remember the Memorial Day Massacre knows that. You don’t beat LeBron James in Game 1 and claim victory, either. Ask the Pacers about that.

With that in mind, one shouldn’t make too much of the C’s 108-85 Game 1 victory over the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. They were the aggressors from the opening tip and it will be interesting to see if Ty Lue and the Cavs elect to start Celtic killer Tristan Thompson in Game 2. Thompson had his moments on the offensive glass as he always does against this team.

What the Celtics did in Game 1 was announce that this will not be like last year when LeBron and the Cavs barely broke a sweat in a five-game wipeout. These C’s are not those C’s.

Take Jaylen Brown, who was a bit player in last year’s series. The second-year man went for a coolly efficient 23-and-8 in the opener. Brown’s courage as a rookie was admirable last season, but he’s grown into a reliable starter by this stage. Scoring nights like this may not be a given, but Brad Stevens knows what he’s getting when he puts him

Article source: https://www.sbnation.com/2018/5/14/17350610/celtics-cavaliers-game-1-lebron-james-al-horford-brad-stevens

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