Twitter buries Cavs after falling into 0-2 hole against Celtics

Lebron Shows Off Incredible Memory of Terrible Start

Lebron Shows Off Incredible Memory of Terrible Start

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Jaylen Brown top scored for them with 23 points, Al Horford dropped in 20, and Jayson Tatum added 16. Morris went on to finish with 10 rebounds and 21 points making it his first career playoff double. The C's guard was just 4-for-10 from the floor and missed all three of his three-point bids, finishing with a modest eight points in Sunday's victory.

The Celtics had 60 points in the paint, and went 22-of-30 at the rim, in their 108-83 blowout in the opening game of the series.

James continued his impressive levels of production against the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, posting 34.0 points (on a true shooting percentage of 57.9), 8.3 rebounds, 11.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.0 block per game.

Al Horford said Tuesday morning ahead of shootaround that the key heading into Game 2 is, "Just understanding that this is another challenge".

Before the Eastern Conference Finals began, Marcus Morris suggested few players were better than him at stopping LeBron James.

The Celtics showed James several different looks throughout the game, switching as many as five different players on him. The Celtics jumped out to a 20 point lead in the first quarter and held it through to the final buzzer. Shooting a dismal 15% on three-point attempts as a team didn't help Cleveland's effort either, nor did James' seven turnovers on the day.

But there has been only one time when James' team has lost a Game 1 by a wider margin than Sunday's 25 points: the 2006 second round at Detroit, when the Cavs were dismantled 113-86.


According to USA Today Sports' Jeff Zilgitt, "in the 24 plays in which Morris guarded James, James scored just five points on 2-for-6 shooting with two assists and one turnover". "So, you have to make it as hard as possible on him and guard the other guys well".

The Cleveland Cavaliers entered the Eastern Conference finals with a 9-3 record against the Celtics in games played at the Garden over the last four years, including six straight wins.

LeBron rarely has bad games back-to-back though, particularly in the playoffs, and he will come out breathing fire in Game 2.

LeBron doesn't always lose and play poorly in Game 1 of a playoff series, but it's happened often enough to at least look into what the man is saying. That, JR Smith said, is a sign James' supporting cast needs to do more.

"I just try to lead "em the best way that I can and really lead by example", Horford told the ABC broadcast about the Celtics" young roster after the game.

There are small adjustments to be made, but the Cavaliers also have the option of breaking out a line-up change that could rob Boston of some of their switchability.

As we saw all throughout the first round, James didn't get much help from his teammates. Boston will be confident after Game 1, but they will be fully aware of the offensive capabilities of the Cavs at their best, so expect a typically committed and disciplined defensive performance. "As role players, we've got to play our role". Morris won the Big 12 Player of the Year award in his junior and final year at Kansas.

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