LeBron James Isaiah Thomas

The Boston Celtics – Cleveland Cavaliers Eastern Conference Finals matchup had the key question of if Boston had anyone who could stop LeBron James, and the answer in Wednesday’s Game One was a clear “Nope.” James did pretty much what he wanted all night in a relatively-easy 117-104 win for the Cavs, finishing with 38 points (on 14-of-24 shooting), nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Oh, and he posted one embarrassing highlight after another, and then said afterwards he wasn’t feeling his best. Oh, really? It’s impressive that someone not at his best was able to post all these highlights, like, say, dribbling through his legs three times before driving for an easy layup against Kelly Olynyk:


Or how about this drawing of a double team, then throwing a beautiful bounce pass to an unguarded Tristan Thompson for a dunk?


Or more through-the-legs dribbling before this drive and fadeaway jumper:

Or this defensive play against Isaiah Thomas:

This one didn’t go in, but it illustrated how woefully mismatched the 5’9”, 185-pound Thomas was trying to guard the 6’8”, 250-pound James:

Let’s get a closer look at that:

LeBron James Isaiah Thomas

And closer still:

Yeah, that didn’t go well for Thomas at all. And this game didn’t go well at all for the Celtics. Oh, and maybe the worst part? James said afterwards he didn’t feel good thanks to the long layoff (0:40):

“It was definitely a feel-out game. We kind of know what they want to get to, they kind of know what we want to get to. But, after ten days off, I didn’t feel all that great. But I know I’ll feel a lot better going into Game Two. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

If James continues to play like that (or even better if he’s feeling better), and if the Celtics don’t have any further answers for him, they may not be looking forward to the next game.

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.