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

Why LeBron James 'Won't Lose Sleep Over' Game 2 Loss To Celtics

Why LeBron James 'Won't Lose Sleep Over' Game 2 Loss To Celtics

According to the ABC broadcast and the Cavs, James was officially diagnosed with a neck strain and will be available to play for the remainder of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

James also logged his 5th 40-point game in the current playoffs - the most he's ever had in his career.

With less than four minutes remaining at TD Garden and Boston leading by eight points, J.R. Smith pushed Al Horford in the back while he was attempting to finish an alley-oop. Brown knows how great James can be. Kyle Korver poured in 11 points in the first half, then went frigid.

Moments after Morris' exultation, Marcus Smart, whose hustle and energy proved vital throughout the game, hit a go-ahead 3-pointer. James also uncharacteristically turned the ball over seven times which was one more time than all of the Celtic starters.

The Celtics did well to emerge with a victory despite another terrific playoff display by LeBron James as he bounced back from his struggles in the opening game.

"I'm not going to lose sleep over it", James said. Jaylen Brown led the way for Boston with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Terry Rozier erupting in the second half and finished with 18 points.

Are we ready to consider that the Celtics aren't just winning despite everything?

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Love said he thought the Cavs were a "little soft" in the first half in Game 1.

The Eastern Conference Finals move on to Cleveland for Game 3 on Saturday night. Getting tougher could mean a lineup change for the Cavaliers. Lue is trying to get Celtics coach Brad Stevens to combat Thompson with Aron Baynes, thus taking Marcus Morris out of the starting five and putting him in a bench role where he'll have to play catch-up against LeBron all night.

On balance, Lue still keeps going back to what he decided during the regular season about the Cavs' nature, which is that they put their best foot forward when they think offense first. That, JR Smith said, is a sign James' supporting cast needs to do more. Whatever it takes, every player, 1 to 15, whatever it takes, that's what we're doing.

"When we've gotten off to a slow start in the first quarter or third quarter, that's resulted in losses for us this year", James said.

"You can't allow that to happen".

"At the end of the day, when you're a basketball player, you step out there between the lines, you've got a job to do, you've prepared well to do that and you just go play".

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