The Cavaliers as a team shot poorly from beyond the arc, averaging just 15.4 per cent and it is unlikely they will be any worse in Game 2.
Thompson's defense on veteran Al Horford, an emerging playoff star for the Celtics, could be one of those new-look options, Lue said. He was disappointing in the earlier rounds because they lost his offense, but the Celtics can not be sacrificing that while trying to account for James.
The Raptors let rookie forward OG Anunoby guard James for the bulk of their four-game series and, though Anunoby is strong at the point-of-attack and athletic himself, his inexperience led to a couple of lowlights.
His lack of attempts around the rim is also evident in his free-throw attempt total from Game 1 (6). "He was my matchup and I think they did a great job of communicating throughout the whole game, knowing where I was and all of my teammates was".
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Although it's just one loss for the Cavs, it's definitely concerning.
"I got a sense of how they are going to play me and I can make some changes going into Game 2".
"A number of players have been stepping up for them". The Cavs shot closer to 50 percent last year on such shots in the postseason, but last year. And with the expectation for a forceful response from James in Game 2, it's worth studying the history, as he suggested. The Cavs will need more than that. 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. They set the tone early, and we weren't able to clean up our boo-boo on our lip, so we've got to be ready to go.
Morris, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes all took turns guarding James at times. They had a really balanced effort in Game 1 as none of their players had tough times getting good looks.
"They're a very physical team", Cavaliers center Kevin Love said at Monday's practice. Yes, Morris wasn't on James for every possession throughout the game but he was the primary defender. And with guys like George Hill, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver frequently on the court, the Celtics won't face much resistance defensively.
Prior to that point, the Celtics had never put anything on their floor, as reported in the same story, making the honor all the more special.
When the Cavs did finally show a little momentum, cutting Boston's lead to 14 at the end of the third quarter, the Celtics responded with a 7-0 run at the start of the fourth.
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