Cavs vs. Celtics, Game 1
at Quicken Loans Arena
(Cavs lead best-of-seven series, 1-0)
Game 2 will be at 8 p.m. Monday
WHAT HAPPENED: Guard Mo Williams was heading toward possibly wearing the goat horns. Then, suddenly, he became the hero.
He had a major throwdown with 5:16 left in the third quarter. It was his first dunk since he came to the Cavs. He claims to have dunked earlier in his career (I remain skeptical until I see proof).
He scored 14 points in the third quarter and finished with 20.
Forward LeBron James was bothered by his strained right elbow. He was reluctant to shoot his outside shot early on. However, he made some big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. James ended with 35 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Antawn Jamison vs. Kevin Garnett matchup is intriguing. If KG continues to play as aggressive as he did in the first three quarters, it will cause problems. KG, though, was ineffective in the fourth quarter and made just 1 of 5 shots.
Jamison has to do more than seven points and nine rebounds.
Another game-changer was the Cavs' decision to have 6-6 Anthony Parker defend Rajon Rondo in the second half. Rondo had 19 in the first half, eight in the second half. He had just one field goal in the second half.
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MEDIA ADVISORY - James' MVP press conference will be at 4 p.m. at the University of Akron's JAR Arena, 373 Carroll Street. The event is also free and open to the public. Doors open at 3 p.m.
It will also be shown live on Fox Sports Ohio, and broadcast on WKNR.
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FINE COMING? - None of the Celtics players came down to the postgame press conference. They'll likely be fined for that.
SF LeBron James (6-8, 250) vs. Paul Pierce (6-7, 235)
PF Antawn Jamison (6-9, 235) vs. Kevin Garnett (6-11, 253)
C Shaquille O'Neal (7-1, 325) vs. Kendrick Perkins (6-10, 265)
SG Anthony Parker (6-6, 210) vs. Ray Allen (6-5, 205)
PG Mo Williams (6-1, 190) vs. Rajon Rondo (6-1, 186)
PROJECTED INACTIVE LIST
Cavs – G Danny Green, G Sebastian Telfair, F Leon Powe
Celtics - F Tony Gaffney, G Oliver Lafayette, F Brian Scalabrine
Eddie F. Rush, Jason Phillips, Bill Spooner