They had a chance to use Game 1 as a feeling-out process and we'll see if they come into Game 2 better prepared to handle the likes of Al Horford and Jaylen Brown. You've got to rely on your instincts. Monday's game was just the third time in these playoffs where he has failed to pass 25 points, and his responses to the previous two occasions make for scary reading for Boston fans.
'Sometimes I'm able to put myself in situations that are better for me and better for our team by knowing what happened before. "We had a few rotations that we were a little late on". We've just got to communicate.
'He should've gotten more than [an applause]', Green told ESPN. I was supposed to switch on one of them, I didn't.
After Sunday's game, Kevin Love lauded the Celtics ball-movement and the emphasis on the extra pass. Celtics big man Al Horford has traditionally struggled against Thompson and it will take a major effort on his part to overcome what has traditionally been a nightmare matchup for him.
LeBron rarely has bad games back-to-back though, particularly in the playoffs, and he will come out breathing fire in Game 2. The young players stepped up and played a big role in the game.
James has spoken in the past about his ability to "play a lot of plays" in his head, admitting that sometimes it can actually get in the way of a great game.
With 0.02 remaining in the 3rd quarter, Clevelands Jeff Green made a 21-foot fadeaway shot to cut the deficit to 14, 78-64. In the following six Game 2s, he upped his shooting percentage to 41.2 percent. By halftime, The Celtics had already pulled away, James only had 7 points, and the team was 0/12 on threes. Absent of that and good games from at least Love and one other player and the Cavs are going to be down 0-2. "It's another great challenge, another great opportunity to experience something for this team". The Cavs got massive contributions during the series from Kevin Love, Kyle Korver, JR Smith and Jeff Green, and then the Raptors scrambling to readjust to those guys helped again open up the floor for LeBron himself to do his damage. He also had 7 turnovers in Game 1, after averaging 3.7 turnovers per game in the opening round and 2.0 turnovers per game in the Eastern Conference semifinals. It's freedom. It depends on who you are.
Thompson came off the bench for a game-high 11 rebounds, including four offensive and outscored his three starting guards with eight points.
Thompson's re-emergence in the starting five would be just another peak in his drastically up-and-down playoffs. Another player that had a huge game was Marcus Morris. It was a blunt statement that Morris said after the win, and it is one that most of the Cavaliers stars will take seriously.
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