A few of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ main pieces officially have their first NBA playoff experience under their belts, as they move onto Game 2 being played tonight at Quicken Loans Arena against the Boston Celtics.
According to TiqIQ.com, Cavaliers tickets for Game 2 have an average price of $123.67 with a get-in price of $50, indicating Cavaliers’ fans aren’t too worried about their first-round opponent. Games 3 and 4 at the TD Garden have an average ticket price of $153.49 with a get-in price of $74, and $162.27 with a get-in price of $74. The average ticket prices go over $200 for the rest of the series, but the No. 8-seed Celtics have to think about avoiding the sweep first before thinking about Games 5, 6 and 7.
Tickets will start to get expensive as the Cavaliers go deeper into the playoffs. It may be an opportune time to catch the team on the road. Hipmunk.com will get fans there, with flights to and from Boston, including hotels near TD Garden, starting from $99 to possibly watch the Cavaliers close out the series early on the road.
Kyrie Irving scored 30 points, including five three-pointers made, while Kevin Love shook off a slow shooting start to both have effective playoff debuts. Love finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds in Cleveland’s first home playoff game since May 11, 2010.
LeBron James, who has more playoff experience than the entire Boston Celtics’ roster, finished with 20 points, but it was his run-in buddy Irving who was the star of Game 1 with his marvelous performance. Cleveland fans had been waiting years to see the former Duke product in his first taste of playoff action.
The Celtics started off hot from the field, building an eight-point lead in the first quarter. But as the turnovers piled up, the lead was cut and the Cavaliers took control, eventually taking a 20-point lead during the third quarter. The Celtics continued to scratch and claw, getting the lead down to as little as six before the Cavaliers prevailed.
Isaiah Thomas provided the scoring punch off the bench for the Celtics, as he’s done regularly since being dealt to the team at the trade deadline, scoring 22 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
During the game, James (1,026) passed Michael Jordan (1,022) for ninth place for career postseason assists.