Al Horford plays large role in Celtics' Game 1 win over Cavaliers


Instead, they unraveled. As Marcus Smart and Al Horford ran a pick-and-roll, Horford rolled to the rim looking for the lob from Smart.

The Celtics forward shot 8-of-10 from the floor and scored 20 points with four rebounds and six assists in his team's 108-83 obliteration of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals before a boisterous sellout crowd of 18,624.

It seemed like Smith was heading for a flagrant two for a unsafe act that could have injured Horford, but instead, all he got was a flagrant one.

Smart immediately got face-to-face with Smith to let him know he didn't appreciate the shove. Both players were assessed technical fouls, and Smart was dragged away to his bench, still turning and yelling at Smith, who looked relatively impassive. He can't control where his body goes. The flagrant also killed the small amount of momentum the Cavs were trying to muster while down just eight in the fourth quarter, allowing the Celtics to easily finish off the Cavs.

Horford was the best player on the floor in the first quarter, an wonderful accomplishment considering Cavaliers superstar LeBron James was on the parquet at the same time. "We moved on to the next play and we locked in after that".

Smith and the Celtics have a checkered history. "You let a bully keep picking on you, he's going to keep picking on you until you finally stand up".

The Celtics set the tenor of the game with a 25-2 run in the first that had Cleveland playing catch up for the remainder of the contest. "And that's what I tried to do".

The Celtics and Cavaliers face off again in Game 3 on Saturday. "One of my guys was down and I took offense to it". Shocking since he had a front-row seat for his Smith's, shall we say, "goonish" antics. "I just wanted to make sure he didn't get it".