LeBron James called to Kevin Love, who started slowly in his first career playoff game.
“You’re good,” LeBron said. “It’s alright. Don’t worry about it. Just play ball.”
Kyrie Irving, also playing his first playoff game, didn’t need such advice.
Irving scored 30 points, and after going back and forth with the Celtics early, the Cavaliers eventually pulled away for a 113-100 Game 1 win Sunday.
“Big games, you always want to get up for them. It’s what you prepare your whole life for. It’s what you dream of as a kid,” Irving said. “And coming in as a fourth-year player, coming into my first playoff series, just wanted to play well and do whatever it took to win.”
LeBron has played in many bigger games, but he too showed this one meant more. From the onset, he noticeably raised his defensive intensity from the regular season, and that nicely…
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