In that particular game, LeBron-following an 18-point loss to the Pacers in Game 1 of the first round-poured in a super-efficient 46 points (17-of-24 FG, 2-of-5 3PT, 10-of-13 FT) to go with 12 rebounds, five assists and just three turnovers to lift the Cavs to a crucial victory.
"The first possession we ran them down all the way to two [seconds left] on the shot clock", James said.
This marked the 15th time in James' illustrious career that his team has dropped the first game of a postseason series.
"I have zero level of concern at this stage", the forward said after an uncharacteristically off-key display that saw him finish with just 15 points while committing seven turnovers.
James, currently, 21 of Cleveland's 27 points. We know we have to play better.
Stevens assigned Marcus Morris to chase James from the opening tip all the way practically to the showers. 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.
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The two teams will now get some much-needed rest after their Game 2 battle, with Game 3 set for Saturday night in Cleveland. "We'll see how he feels". If he can continue to hold James to what he did in game one and can add 20 points on the offensive side on efficient shooting, the Celtics will definitely have a chance to make their first National Basketball Association finals since 2010. I imagine it'll be a lot like Game 2 against Indiana. "This is its own game, we have to really come out with that edge that we've been playing with".
Talented 20-something players Tatum, Rozier and Brown have filled the void left by injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, combining with Horford - who has been eliminated by James 4 times in the playoffs - to become a formidable force that outhustled the more experienced Cavaliers and dominated defensively.
While at Kansas, Marcus Morris averaged 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game according to sportsreference.com.
That is exactly why containing LeBron needs to remain the sole priority of the Boston defense and starting five in Game 2.
Coach Tyronn Lue hinted strongly Monday that Thompson could be back in the starting lineup for Game 2, noting his history of success defending Celtics All-Star Al Horford. Center Al Horford dropped 20 points in the win, starting a flawless 7-of-7 from the field, and finished with six assists, four rebounds and two blocks.
"I think they had a great game plan in Game 1, and he was the start of it", James said. They took it out on the sideline. Cleveland is going to need his rebounding in this series, so I think he logs more minutes tonight as well. The young players stepped up and played a big role in the game.