So, if playing more is not what LeBron James needs to do in order to beat the Boston Celtics and remain energized for the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals possibilities, what is it that he needs to do? The Cavaliers missed their first 14 3-point attempts of the game and shot just 32 percent in the first half. The obsession in slowing down James, who finished with 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting Sunday with nine assists and seven turnovers, must be shared.
As Love mentioned, just this postseason, the Cavs dropped Game 1 in the first round at in, with James putting up 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists on 7-of-17 shooting in a 98-80 defeat.
Al Horford added 20 points and six assists for the C's, and rookie forward Jayson Tatum had 16 points and six rebounds. "You see ways you can get better throughout the series". Morris made the headlines prior to Game 1 by declaring that he is the best player in the league (behind San Antonio Spur Kawhi Leonard) to guard LeBron.
This year, the underdog Celtics turned the tables on LeBron James and the Cavs and pulled off a 108-83 upset win in Game 1 of the 2018 ECF. If you loaded up on Celtics, that worked out well in Game 1.More news: US FDA approves Amgen drug for prevention of migraines
Guard LeBron James, and keep the four-time NBA MVP from running the Celtics out of their own gym in the Eastern Conference finals for the second year in a row.
The Cavs' shooters, however, missed, 14 straight times from 3-point range, to be exact.
Three Celtics score 20-plus points.
"Usually when 'Bron has these kind of games, the next game he does something legendary", said Thompson, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports. "For me, Game 1 has always been a feel-out game, if you've ever followed my history".
During their last five games, the Celtics have scored an average of 104.6 points per game (0.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 99.8 points per game (0.7 below their season average). Love was able to early in the first quarter of Game 1 when the Celtics switched Morris onto him, but he was less of a factor as the game progressed. If the past is any indication, LeBron is about to bounce back in a big way in game 2.More news: Uzbekistan assures USA on Afghanistan distribution route
Game 2: Tuesday, May 15 at 8:30 pm ET on ESPN. After 24 points against IN in Game 1, he bounced back with 46 points on 17-for-24 shooting, and after 22 points IN Game 6 of the same series he came out and scored 45 points to accompany eight boards, seven assists and four steals IN the series decider.
So if that doesn't highlight just how pivotal Game 2 is for James and the Cavs on Tuesday night, I don't know what else will.
Meanwhile, the last time James' team didn't win the East was in 2010, when the Cavs lost in the conference semifinals to the Celtics.
And can Boston really expect back-to-back clunkers from James? During that span, after a loss James is 3-2, and he averages 34.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in those games.
Semi Ojeleye wasn't so much told, as he was asked, to cover LeBron James on Sunday. Although the Cavs waived the white flag with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, down 68-96, he didn't manage to get a single shot inside the restricted area in the fourth quarter.More news: Goodbye To Google Play Music, Hello To New YouTube Music Service