In a year where expectations didn’t involve a postseason appearance, the Boston Celtics took the floor in Game 1 at Quicken Loans Arena against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and came out firing.
Boston led by four at the end of the first quarter, once even stretching the margin to as many as eight, but couldn’t sustain the hot shooting before James and the rest of the Cavaliers took over and ultimately prevailed by double-digits.
The Celtics will stay in Cleveland for Game 2, where TiqIQ.com says tickets have an average price of $123.67 with a get-in price of $50. With those low prices, Celtics fans might have a better chance seeing their team on the road. With cheap tickets on Hipmunk for Cleveland flights, any fan can figure out their travel logistics to and from the game at Hipmunk.com. Hipmunk also provides several different recommendations for cheap hotels deals in Cleveland starting from $74 near The Q.
TD Garden will host Games 3 and 4, where Boston fans are no strangers to showing up for playoff basketball. The average ticket price for Game 3 is $153.49 with a get-in price of $74, while the average price for Game 4 is $162.27 with a get-in price of $74. If the series gets to Game 6, the average price for Boston Celtics tickets jumps to $293.06 with a get-in price of $91.
Isaiah Thomas came off the bench and played 32 minutes, scoring 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting. He did a great job getting to the free-throw line for easy points, shooting 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. No other Celtics player score over 12 points, but the team had five other guys score 10 or more (Brandon Bass, Marcus Smart, Evan Turner, Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk).
The Celtics shot 46.8 percent from the field for the game but were just 8-for-22 from three-point range. They were outrebounded by 12, but finished with five more assists than the Cavs.
Kyrie Irving had 30 points for Cleveland his long-awaited playoff debut, but it’s tough to have any matchups altered, as that will free up space for Kevin Love or James. The Cavaliers are a matchup nightmare for most teams and the Celtics experienced that firsthand during Game 1.
If they are to have any shot at pulling off one of the biggest upsets in NBA playoff history, the Celtics need to bounce back in Game 2. Against the No. 1-seeded Cavaliers, they certainly would like to avoid going on their home court in Games 3 and 4 with an 0-2 series deficit.