Celtics

Behold, the lowest moments from the Celtics’ Game 1 destruction by LeBron’s Cavs

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Marcus Smart of the Celtics reacts on the court in the second half against the Cavaliers during Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 17, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images

His name is LeBron, King of Cleveland, the NBA’s Ozymandias, but still resplendent in his glory. Look on the ongoing works of his Cavaliers, ye Mighty Celtics, and despair!

Nothing beside remains, except that No. 1 draft pick and pedestals yet built or crumbled, of course. Not to mention the rest of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Before you rebound from the decay of that colossal Game 1 wreck, boundless and bare, survey once more the most intense moments of suffering wrought by James on that lone and level parquet stretch of Causeway Street on Wednesday night:

From the jump, it went bad

Tristan Thompson got all the rebounds the mattered early

Boston’s defensive rotations unspooled

LeBron gave Kelly Olynyk the cold shoulder — then roasted him

He also went at every Celtics defender, in turn

Kevin Love was cooking, too

It was then J.R. insult to fake injury

Even Isaiah seemed overwhelmed by James’ power and glory

The best-laid double-team plans were undone

It was quickly more of the same in the second half

Not even free points helped much

Kyrie activated the ‘scoreboard’ retort

But James kept putting up numbers

Isaiah remained courageous — and on a poster

Lastly, a threat

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