BOSTON — LeBron James offered a rather ominous comment after his Cleveland Cavaliers won the opener of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.
“I don’t even think we played that great tonight,” James said after the Cavs cruised to a 117-104 victory over the Boston Celtics.
Despite not playing “that great,” the Cavaliers took over home-court advantage in the series and look to get a two games to none lead Friday night at TD Garden.
James was, well, James in Game 1. He continued his dynamic playoff run with 38 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in a wire-to-wire victory.
To make it tougher for Boston, James had help and the Cavaliers hit 28 of their first 45 shots and coasted, doing so in a game where Kyrie Irving, who usually kills the Celtics, scored just 11 points.
“They put you in a bad matchup almost every time down the floor,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Thursday.
Kevin Love, looking like the Kevin Love from his Minnesota days, fired in a career-playoff-high 32 points, including four 3-pointers in the third quarter, and grabbed 12 rebounds. Tristan Thompson had a career-playoff-best 20 points and nine boards.
The win was the Cavs’ 12th straight in the…