Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and Al Horford added 20 to power the Boston Celtics over Cleveland 108-83 Sunday, May 13, and humble LeBron James and his Cavaliers teammates in their National Basketball Association playoff series opener.
LeBron came out hot in Game 2, scoring 21 in the first quarter and 25 for the half.
Considering they went 4-for-26 from 3-point range in Game 1 against the Celtics, they'll need a repeat performance to tie the series up before returning to Cleveland.
"I felt like I needed to go back to the locker room, which I did, and kind of recalibrate", James said during the postgame press conference. And exactly why it needs to be Morris in that starting lineup and stuck to James like glue from the opening tip.
Despite injuries and his diminished role this season with Love starting at center, Thompson, 27, still has postseason averages of 7.8 points and 8.8 rebounds. But Boston is a good defensive team, so the Cavs have to find some answers.
The Celtics also have to be prepared for a bounce-back individual performance from James. "But I don't think it - it didn't affect my game after that".
Love has had a very up-and-down postseason.
Morris is celarly going to be a vital player on both ends in this series, and he could not have done a better job in game one. "So we have another opportunity to be better as a ballclub coming in Tuesday night, and we'll see what happens". They used a big run in the first quarter and remained pretty steady for the remainder of the game. He cleaned up a pair of Boston misses on one possession, tipping an offensive rebound back to Jayson Tatum and then putting back his miss, to give the C's a 93-82 lead with 6:10 left in the fourth.
The Celtics looked really comfortable and confident in Game 1, and it's hard to figure what will change. Here's the six players we are using for the contest.
Whereas Brown has the size to defend James, Smart has the strength to keep the four-time MVP in front of him when James tries to overpower him.
Through 7 games against the Indiana Pacers and four against the Toronto Raptors, LeBron James averaged 34.2 points on 55.3 percent shooting from the field with nine assists per game. "They took advantage of mismatches". They'll surely play better in Game 2 but will that be enough? 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.
"We weighed it before the series started, but we'd won seven out of eight and we weren't going to adjust until someone beat us and we didn't play well with that lineup that got us to this point", Lue told McMenamin.