BOSTON - Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says his team is weighing whether to start Tristan Thompson in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday, but he might have already tipped his hand when asked about how Thompson could help against Celtics big man Al Horford. This is somewhat understandable given that the Raptors had now lost 10-straight games to the Cavaliers in the playoffs, and the consolation after those series typically was that this was LeBron James, and he simply does not lose in the Eastern Conference, which he's dominated for more than a decade.
In front of a capacity home crowd of 18,624 at the TD Garden, the Celtics relentlessly attacked the hoop and scored early and often After just one quarter of play, they buried the Cavs under the pile of a 36-18 avalanche, thanks to a 64 percent shooting accuracy.
Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and Al Horford had 20 for Boston, which ran off 17 points in a row in the first and never allowed the Cavaliers within single digits again.
"Our confidence level is very high", said Morris, who recorded the first postseason double-double of his career.
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. "I'll be able to tell my kids this one day", Morris told reporters including Washburn after the game. LeBron had a subpar game, tallying only 15 points, although he also had 9 assists and 7 rebounds. Bet the Boston Celtics -1.0 over the Cavaliers in game 2. The Celtics are not scared to go toe-to-toe with a team that has ruled the East with an iron fist since LeBron James' arrival in 2014 - and for good reason. He was 5 of 16 from the floor and had seven of his team's 10 turnovers in his 15-point game. He committed seven turnovers. The defense was just as good as it has been all year, if not better. We had a really tough loss, and he came out and played very well. 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? Two of those three instances happened against the Boston Celtics.
In order to do that, they need to take out LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
With that being said, Horford poses the worst possible matchup for Love at center - which is exactly how it looked Game 1. "So we'll be much better in Game Two". "I think that Coach [Brad Stevens] kinda has to determine that", said Horford.
Allen signed with the Heat, winning a title with James as part of the 2013 squad. James, being the great passer he is, can pick that apart with pinpoint dishes to shooters on the perimeter, but with how quickly the Celtics can close out, those shots won't always be open.
Now, let's move on from game 1 and talk about all the factors that make these Celtics true championship contenders.
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.
Dan Feldman of NBC Sports put together a video comparing LeBron's recollection to the actual plays in the game.