Isaiah Thomas Uses 'Space Jam' Reference To Give Celtics Hope Vs. Cavs

Paola Ditto
Mag 19, 2017

Kelly Olynyk, the hero of Game 7 against Washington with 26 points, was held scoreless in the opener against Cleveland until Boston's last shot of the game.

Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks carries the ball against the Boston Celtics during the first quarter at TD Garden on February 25, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston rallied some and actually cut the deficit to 11 with the benches cleared in the final minutes.

But here's the rub for top-seeded Boston on Friday night: James said he wasn't even playing at peak condition after Cleveland's 10-day layoff between rounds.

This isn't the first time LeBron has played it causal this postseason. Good luck with that Boston. Kyrie Irving went under the radar 11 points and six assists, but that didn't matter as the Cavaliers made 39 of 81 field goals and 11 of 31 triples. "They lace up their shoes just like us". James and Westbrook each got 99 of a possible 100 first-team votes.

Despite missing all five of their looks from three-point range, the Cavaliers knocked down 13 of their 17 looks from inside the arc, including a seven-of-eight showing from small forward LeBron James, who scored a game-high 15 points in the first quarter. "They're not on 'Space Jam, '" Thomas told reporters, via's Chris Forsberg.

Conversely, James has shown an ability to completely stifle Thomas on the defensive end. And that's what we're trying to do.

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