The Celtics are looking to build off their blowout win on Sunday and shove the ClevelandCavaliers into a 2-0 series hole on Tuesday night. After Game 1, apologies were bountiful from many of those that had talked the most smack.
The Pacers stunned the Cavs at home in their first-round opener, rolling to an 18-point victory.
Al Horford vs Kevin Love - The two All-Stars who populate their respective frontcourts are the tactical lynchpins for their teams.
Nonetheless, Morris' study of James how best to defend him sets the tone for the Celtics against the Cavaliers because James is the opposition's proverbial "head of the snake". They sat more than seven minutes to conclude Game 1.
Trailing 61-52 after a basket by Love, the Celtics scored seven straight points to make it 61-59, then used a 15-7 spurt to take 74-71 lead, their first of the second half.
Lue wouldn't commit to Thompson starting Game 2 on Tuesday, but the coach cited his success against the 6-foot-10 Horford, who's averaging 17.2 points and 8.3 rebounds this postseason, as a reason for the possible switch. Realistically, keeping LeBron below 30 points and ten assists would be considered a win, so to keep him to 31.3% shooting and a almost identical assist to turnover ratio while dropping 21 efficient points of his own was an unbelievable effort. He has started just 22 times this year.
He's probably ready to explode after that lackluster showing, especially since he remembers just about every play thanks to his awe-inspiring postgame recollection (besides one of his team-high seven turnovers, which he conveniently left out of his play-by-play with reporters). "Can't take plays off against really good players".
While the Cavs played Jose Calderon at the start of the postseason, they started to go away from him with the athleticism of their opponents presenting a challenge for them. The Boston Celtics are -1.0 over the Cavaliers in game 2.
LeBron rarely has bad games back-to-back though, particularly in the playoffs, and he will come out breathing fire in Game 2. After Game 1, many people feel this series is theirs to lose. "I thought that we weren't as aggressive". The Cavs have proven during past rounds that they can take the opposition out of the contest early with an explosive stretch, so Boston must be prepared to handle such a situation.
It looks like Cleveland will make their big lineup change by inserting Tristan Thompsoninto the starting lineup in Game 2, but we should listen to Stevens: the biggest adjustments for Cleveland will come from No. 23. "On the pick and rolls, they were able to get downhill a lot, so we've got to clean that up".
In a playoffs filled with ups and downs for LeBron James & the Cleveland Cavaliers, they're probably at their lowest, following a beatdown at the hands of the Boston Celtics, and meme makers aren't feeling sorry for them. They haven't been favored in any playoff series they've been in this year. The young players stepped up and played a big role in the game.