After he beat the halftime buzzer with a deep 3-pointer, Kyrie Irving outstretched three fingers on both hands and looked to the sky as he strutted toward the locker room.
This may have been his postseason debut, but Irving looked the part of a postseason veteran.
Irving scored 30 points, including making his first five 3-pointers, LeBron James had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds, and forward Kevin Love had 19 points and 12 rebounds after a slow start in the Cavaliers’ 113-100 victory against the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the first-round series.
Despite the lack of postseason experience for both Irving and Love, James predicted prior to the start of these playoffs that in order for his Cavaliers to succeed, the Big Three would all have to play well. And they did.
“They were phenomenal,” James said.
Irving shot 11-of-21 and didn’t miss his first 3-point attempt until the third quarter. He beat defensive wiz Avery Bradley off the dribble on multiple occasions and shot over the Celtics defense with little trouble. He became the 11th player in the last 20 years to score at least 30 points in his postseason debut.
It had been more than half a century since the Beatles stood on the stage of Cleveland’s Public Hall. But during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 30th induction ceremony Saturday evening, not only were new inductee Ringo Starr and his surviving Beatle bandmate playing together onstage, but they also were backed by an all-star band featuring members of Green Day, the Foo Fighters and more musical admirers.