LBJ finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and ten assists.
“It was a good start. It’s almost like the new guys have been here,” James said. “It was a good start for the new guys, a good start for all of us with our revamped team.”
The Cavs have been maligned all season as old, slow and bad on defense. So, naturally, with the addition of three 25-year-olds and Hill, who historically is a stronger defender (whereas Thomas was a disaster), they limited the Celtics to .404 shooting from the field.
“I know we’ve been preaching for quite a while but it hasn’t resulted in numbers or wins,” James said. “We feel like right now with the type of caliber players that we have now that we can defend at a high level.”