Cavs aiming to be better in Game 2 vs. Celtics

Cavs aiming to be better in Game 2 vs. Celtics

Cavs aiming to be better in Game 2 vs. Celtics

BOSTON (AP) - Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and the Boston Celtics withstood a 42-point night by LeBron James to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 107-94 on Tuesday and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

At the postgame news conference, a reporter noted the Cavs - having fallen behind by as much as 28 points in the first half - had closed the gap to 14 entering the fourth quarter, only to give up a 7-0 run to start the period that all but iced the contest. Morris also added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics.

Mentioned as a player who could be elevated into the starting lineup for Game 2, Thompson is focused more on bringing the physicality and hustle rather than when his name is called to play. But he said that Celtics have some very favorable matchups against the Cavaliers, especially in Al Horford, and "all basketball is about matchups". The Boston crowd will be electric, and the Celtics will put up another great performance to take a 2-0 series lead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers rarely saw LeBron James score inside the restricted area in Game 1. Morris excelled in a way even he couldn't have expected in Game 1. The Celtics need to anticipate James will be back to the best player on the court, but if Morris can be as serviceable as he was in this one, the Celtics will be in a good position. After surviving the testy Milwaukee Bucks in seven games they quickly dispatched the much-hyped Philadelphia 76ers in five. The Celtics jumped out to a 20 point lead in the first quarter and held it through to the final buzzer.

Thompson came off the bench for a game-high 11 rebounds, including four offensive and outscored his three starting guards with eight points. Realistically, keeping LeBron below 30 points and ten assists would be considered a win, so to keep him to 31.3% shooting and a almost identical assist to turnover ratio while dropping 21 efficient points of his own was an unbelievable effort.

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.

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"I have zero level of concern at this stage", James said.

"We came back down, we ran a set for Jordan Crawford, I mean Jordan Clarkson, and he came off and missed it". After all, when facing the same team that opposed him in last year's conference finals-and one the Cavs played three times in the regular season this year-what mysteries are there to unravel? He is confident that the Celtics will continue to do well against James in Game 2 as they have a great strategy. "We had a bad game". I've been down 0-1.

The C's opened up the series Sunday afternoon by beating the Cavs in blowout fashion, but after the game, they mentally hit the reset button. "I thought that we weren't as aggressive". The Cavs couldn't shoot, but they also couldn't stop Boston.

There are some other team-specific reasons why James would be an ideal offseason signing for the upstart 76ers. "As role players, we've got to play our role".

"I think as a team, 1 through 5, we've got to all play tougher", Thompson said. "We all have a role to play, and we all need to play that role as well as we can".

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