May 17, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) before game one of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.  Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Following Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics, LeBron James said something crazy.

James absolutely owned this game — a blowout 117-104 win in which the final score doesn’t begin to represent the wide gap between these two teams. He finished with 38 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals.

Along the way, he embarrassed Kelly Olynyk with a shameful display of disrespect, and sent Avery Bradley packing on a would-be dunk attempt and palmed Isaiah Thomas’ face on a drive to the hoop — a move that culminated with Thomas’ famous headband on the ground.

After the game, James said something that should have the Celtics trembling in fear.

“After 10 days off, I didn’t feel that great but I know I’ll feel a lot better going into Game 2,” James said during the post-game interview. “I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Of course, this comment echoes what he said before the game when asked about having so much time in between series after sweeping the Toronto Raptors.

“No advantage at all,” James said, via James Herbert of CBS.com. “Not for me. You get days off, but for me, I’d rather be playing. I feel worse. I feel worse when I don’t play.”

The Celtics had no answer for James Wednesday night.

And he wasn’t feeling that great.

That’s probably the last thing anyone in Boston is interested in hearing right about now.

QUIZ: Name every player on the 2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers Finals-winning team

The Cavaliers brought the city of Cleveland its first sports championship in 52 years after a historic comeback over the Golden State Warriors. Can you name the 15 players on that championship Cavs roster?

Score:
0/15
Time:
3:00
PG
Kyrie Irving
SF
LeBron James
C
Channing Frye
C
Timofey Mozgov
PF
Kevin Love
SG
Iman Shumpert
PG
Mo Williams
SF
Richard Jefferson
SF
James Jones
PG
Matthew Dellavedova
SG
J.R. Smith
C
Sasha Kaun
PF
Tristan Thompson
PG
Jordan McRae
SF
Dahntay Jones

This article first appeared on Sportsnaut and was syndicated with permission.

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