Cavs aiming to be better in Game 2 vs. Celtics

An ex-Gator is on the playoff run of his career. Can he and the Celtics beat LeBron? | Miami Herald

An ex-Gator is on the playoff run of his career. Can he and the Celtics beat LeBron? | Miami Herald

Fans watching the Boston Celtics trounce the Cleveland Cavaliers, 108-83, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on ABC this past Sunday might have noticed some scribbled letters near the Celtics' bench at TD Garden. They suffered a similar loss in Game 1 of their first round series against the Pacers, only to bounce back in Game 2 behind 46 points, 12 rebounds and five assists from James.

The Boston Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers by 25 points in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday.

"I think missing shots offensively kind of carried over to our defense", Lue said.

And James insists starting stronger this time around will be key. By halftime, The Celtics had already pulled away, James only had 7 points, and the team was 0/12 on threes.

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With 0.02 remaining in the 3rd quarter, Clevelands Jeff Green made a 21-foot fadeaway shot to cut the deficit to 14, 78-64. The team firmly believes that the best way to keep a team off its game is to switch matchups early and often.

The Celtics also have to be prepared for a bounce-back individual performance from James. Another player that had a huge game was Marcus Morris. 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 this was going on Marcus Morris stated before the opening game of the series that after Kaiwi Lenoard, he, Morris was the second best defender of Lebron in the league and he was the one that had the most minutes guarding LeBron's 36 minutes of action and Morris's 34 minutes of play. "We're just out here playing hard and doing the best we can".

The 28-year-old was thrust into Boston's starting line-up for Game One and found himself defending against LeBron in 24 plays during the game, limiting the three-time National Basketball Association champion to five points on two-for-six from the field and two assists and forcing one turnover.

His lack of attempts around the rim is also evident in his free-throw attempt total from Game 1 (6). "He's the guy we really, really lean on".

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You can't go through a game as the point guard without any assists. But I've been down 0-1, I've been down 0-2, I've been down before in the postseason.

The Cleveland Cavaliers may be making a change to their starting lineup.

The Celtics and Cavaliers will tip-off game two in Boston on Tuesday. The payoff didn't end there though, because even when Boston missed shots, frequently the Cavs attack wasn't able to get going immediately, because they found themselves needing to regroup instead of getting out on the fast break due to the nature of the Boston offense.

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