That, JR Smith said, is a sign James' supporting cast needs to do more. Boston converted 30 of its 45 attempts (66.7 percent) inside the key in Game 1, something Thompson took as a personal insult, as well as a challenge.
Although it's just one loss for the Cavs, it's definitely concerning. "I try to lead them the best way I can, lead by example". The Boston Celtics are -1.0 over the Cavaliers in game 2. If his Cavaliers overcome their 1-0 series deficit against the Celtics this year, he'll earn his eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals as the East's representative, too. "We're just out here playing hard and doing the best we can".
Whenever Cleveland got a mismatch with, say, Kevin Love being guarded by Terry Rozier in the post, the Celtics would bring over the weakside defender to switch places with Rozier while the entry pass was being thrown in to Love. I imagine it'll be a lot like Game 2 against Indiana. We fed off the crowd and we kept it going throughout the game.
"There's no level of concern no matter how bad I played with seven turnovers, how inefficient I was shooting the ball (5 for 16)", he said. "I've been down before in the postseason".
Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Al Horford added 20 points for the Celtics, who seized a 36-18 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. "We won seven out of eight".
Auerbach's spirit was definitely with the Celtics that 2007-2008 season, as they won the National Basketball Association championship that year, spearheaded by their Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen.
But this time, you didn't see him the way you wanted him to play. We know we have to play better.
"Game 1 has always been a feel-out game for me". James finished with only 15 points while also committing a game high 7 turnovers. Morris managed 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting himself in what was a typically even offensive performance from the Celtics. James' intelligence, athleticism, midrange game and ability to destroy teams around the rim make him seemingly unstoppable. That was when the Cavs called a "timeout", as James recalled, and he used the pause to signal the end of his narrative, at which point his performance was met with some amused applause. That's when he demolished the Pistons by scoring 25 consecutive points in a 109-107 double-overtime victory.
James has now been to 10 of the past 12 Eastern Conference Finals.
That's just the fourth time all season LeBron has been held to 15 points or less (that's counting the last game of the regular season in which he scored 10 points in 10 minutes then sat the rest of the way), and it was far-and-away the least productive game of a postseason that he has thoroughly dominated.
Game 3 is Saturday in Cleveland. "Going to have to play better Tuesday", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the 108-83 rout in the series opener - a game blown open in the first quarter.
Coach Tyronn Lue hinted strongly Monday that Thompson could be back in the starting lineup for Game 2, noting his history of success defending Celtics All-Star Al Horford. James had to revert on jump shots for much of the game, barring a couple of layups he completed primarily via cuts to the basket. He has no weakness on either end of the floor, and his defense was the primary reason why Love shot a subpar 5-of-14 from the field in Game 1.