"Looking at the statistics, over the last three years of at least 30 years out of all the guys who guarded Al Horford, Tristan is No. 1 in the league defending Al Horford". "Not switching on James, trying to follow a certain game plan that didn't really make sense at that point".
The Cavs, to man, noted that they will have to play better in all aspects of the game, but the concern was their offense. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens emphasized that Kevin Love and Kyle Korver shouldn't have easy looks and they didn't in Game 1.
James then went on to explain how the Cavs came back down the court but player Jordan Clarkson missed his shot.
Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson (8) compete for a loose ball during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Boston.
For more sports coverage, visit the ABS-CBN Sports website. Not good for any three-point shooting team, to be sure.
I guess we can expect that happening again today. "We have another opportunity to be better as a ball club coming in Tuesday night, and we'll see what happens".
"We were great", Horford said.
"We got a lot of guys where we just don't care", Marcus Smart said.
James then acknowledged what some in attendance were likely thinking at the time, saying, "It's kind of insane I can replay all the plays in my head, huh?" The players have been stepping up for them.
When the possibility of a lineup change was posed, Lue said, "It's definitely something we have to weigh".
Thompson's defense on veteran Al Horford, an emerging playoff star for the Celtics, could be one of those new-look options, Lue said.
"Our starters have got to be ready to throw the first punch. We need them to do that, we need them to be physical and set a tone early". James did add 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 blocks, but he also committed 7 turnovers. "But at the same time, we can't rely on that".
Over James' postseason lifetime, a circumstance similar to what he's suggesting here against the Celtics has played out on a few other memorable occasions.
The first reason why James would be able to help the 76ers immensely is that of his experience.
"I didn't go to college, so it's not March Madness", he said. "He's always done it even before he came back to Cleveland, and since I've been here, he's always responded big".
Morris is celarly going to be a vital player on both ends in this series, and he could not have done a better job in game one.
Just because the Celtics greatly outperformed the Cavs Sunday afternoon certainly does not mean that they will do the same Tuesday night. "Every team we've played in the playoffs has kind of counted us out, so when you're on a team with nothing to lose that can play carefree, that's a risky team".