Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Watch NBA Playoffs 2018: Cleveland Cavaliers vs

Watch NBA Playoffs 2018: Cleveland Cavaliers vs

The Cleveland Cavaliers got smoked by the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

"That's what I did pick up", Morris said, bluntly. James missed 11 of 16 shot attempts and turned the ball over seven times.

With James on that team, other Eastern Conference squads may find that the path to the Finals has been blocked again by the man they call King and his highly talented teammates.

But the Celtics had success on Sunday, holding James to 15 points - his lowest turnout in the playoffs this season - and forcing him to turn the ball over seven times. "It's what makes us the best team that we can be". Celtics head coach Brad Stevens emphasized that Kevin Love and Kyle Korver shouldn't have easy looks and they didn't in Game 1.

Perhaps fueling James' confidence, besides all his experience, is the rationalization that it would be hard for the Cavs to play much worse. The Cavs had an offensive efficiency of 86.8 points per 100 possessions with James and Love on the floor, according to ESPN Stats & Information, a stark difference to the offensive efficiency of 113.1 points per 100 possessions that the duo generated the rest of the playoffs. While Lue heavily suggested Thompson will start Game 2, he better hope his Game 1 gaffe doesn't come back to bite the team.

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"We have an opportunity to look at some film tomorrow and see ways they was making us uncomfortable". In Game 1, Kevin Love was the leading scorer with 17 points, but he was just 1-of-4 from three. Due to the fact that it was such a young team, many people thought to use this as an experience for the younger players and come back next year healthy and motivated. Bet the Boston Celtics -1.0 over the Cavaliers in game 2. "He's our rock. He's the guy we really, really lean on".

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. Especially when the lineup Thompson is in also features LeBron James, and especially after what the Celtics were able to do to LeBron and in Game 1 this past Sunday.

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.

James said the Celtics deserved credit for the defensive strategy they employed against him, which started with Marcus Morris challenging him from outset, limiting him to 2-of-6 shooting in the first quarter as Cleveland fell into a 36-18 hole. "Once we step between them lines, we have to compete no matter who we have out there, and that's what we've been doing". The Boston Celtics are -1.0 over the Cavaliers in game 2.

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