Previous year during the playoffs, while praising the play of then-Cavs backup guard Deron Williams, James instantly recalled several straight possessions, in detail, of how Williams impacted the game. I'm just as confident going into a series whether it's a 0-0 series or I'm down 0-1. I got a sense of how they are going to play me and I can make some changes going into game two. The Cavaliers missed their first 14 3-point attempts of the game and shot just 32 percent in the first half. "If he fouls out in the first quarter, somebody else has to play", Stevens said.
And if Boston choose to stay small and keep Horford at centre, they'll be playing with fire as Thompson has a history of eating him up on the offensive glass and frustrating him defensively in head-to-head meetings. "We had a few rotations that we were a little late on". We've got to clean those up.
It's rare to see LeBron James as ineffective as he was in Sunday's Game 1 beatdown at the hands of the Celtics. "It's a tough matchup, so we just tried to take him out of rhythm". In other words, the more "misses" for LeBron the better.
It is safe to say at this point that the Boston Celtics have benefited greatly from having home-court advantage in the play-offs. After averaging 22.5 dimes a game in the regular season and 21.6 during the playoffs, Boston dished out 27 assists in the Game 1 rout.
It was very impressive to hear him recall every specific movement within each play from both teams.
"Defending LeBron James 101" has become a master class, and already the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors have flunked out of the National Basketball Association playoffs because they could not find a successful and consistent plan against the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar. He dominated in Cleveland's Game 2 win, dropping 46 points on 17-for-24 shooting.
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It would be surprising not to see LeBron bounce back.
Of course, Tyronn Lue and the Cavs will have to make adjustments.
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. James will have to go off but the Celtics are making sure that life is hard for everyone else.
However, Marcus Morris from the Celtics does not believe that James had a bad night. Tristan Thompson went so far as to predict something, "legendary". He was tasked with primarily guarding LeBron James. These kinds of things just don't happen to him in the East. Love struggled against Al Horford in the frontcourt all day, while the Cleveland supporting cast was unable to provide any sustained support to James. It still seems unlikely that Marcus Morris will be an effective LeBron Stopper for an entire series, or even four games. "We fed off the crowd and we kept it going throughout the game".
Although Game 1 may have been a blowout, this does not mean Game 2 will be as easy.
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But James' teammates-who shot 4-of-21 from three-point range Sunday while James went 0-of-5-shouldn't be sitting around and waiting to be rescued.