The Cleveland Cavaliers had important adjustments to make before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals after a blowout loss against the Boston Celtics in Game 1. They finished with four players in double figures, with Jaylen Brown leading the way with a game high 23 points.
"I have zero level of concern at this stage", James said after the Celtics blew the Cavs out in the opening game - a rare poor playoff outing for James. "We know we have to be better". After a very lackluster Game 1 (37.75 fantasy points), some are already questioning his ability to lead Cleveland in this series. I've been down 0-2. I've been down before.
"We came back on the defensive end and we got a stop".
In Game 2 of the Conference quarterfinals when he Indiana Pacers were threatening to take a 2-0 lead after winning Game 1 at home, LeBron shot 46 points on 71 percent shooting in a three-point win.
"I don't think naïve is the right word", Brown said.
"We came back down, we ran a set for Jordan Clarkson, and he came off and missed it". Instead, LeBron came out, took the pass, and then had to move back in against a defender to make the shot. Not only did he manage to curb the influence of LeBron, but he was actually the better player out of the two. The Cavaliers have yet to lose back-to-back games in the playoffs but do they have any answers for Game 2 of this National Basketball Association matchup? Celtics head coach Brad Stevens emphasized that Kevin Love and Kyle Korver shouldn't have easy looks and they didn't in Game 1. "The younger guys to the older guys, we think we can compete and play with anybody". Morris did a great job restricting James to just 15 points - that's 5/16 in scoring and saw James register 7 out of the 9 turnovers for the Cavs. He also committed seven of the team's nine turnovers.
"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. "I was out of my rhythm the whole game". "It's not just me", said Morris.
But this time, you didn't see him the way you wanted him to play. Whether that's fun had by James or the Celtics, however, remains to be seen.
"We didn't play well".
In this case maybe less familiarity with the monstrosity of the task is better, and best filled by a younger player, or in the case of Ojeleye, a rookie. We just watched them do the same thing to Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid for two weeks. Morris added 21 points and 10 boards.
The Celtics really could have used this version of Morris throughout the playoffs, but they dealt with it earlier. "Their mentality, the way they carry themselves, is like veterans in this league". Other guys got the opportunity.
"Whenever we've needed him to step up offensively, he has done that". He has scored 994 playoff points against Boston, the most by any player against a single team in postseason history. Still, Stevens says his team has to be better. There was one particular possession in the third quarter where James got the matchup he was looking for by setting a screen on George Hill, who was being guarded by Rozier, at the top of the perimeter. We've got to be more decisive.
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