Last year when the Celtics blew out the Bucks in Game 1 of their 2018-19 best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals series Paul Pierce had a memorable proclamation.
"I think it's over," the C's legend said last year.
That, of course, led to four straight wins by Milwaukee and the end of the Celtics' season.
Nobody is going to make that mistake this time around in the Celtics' series with the Raptors after Boston's 112-94 Game 1 win over Toronto Sunday, but nobody is about to throw a bucket of water on the C's optimism after this one. (For a complete box score, click here.)
Brad Stevens' team dominated from the outset, leading by as much as 24 points on the way to the message-sending win.