Cavs aiming to be better in Game 2 vs. Celtics


"I'm just as confident going into a series whether it's a 0-0 series or I'm down 0-1".

"Bad game, "Kyle Korver said".

After being reintroduced to the world as a "LeBron Stopper", it would've been easy for Marcus Morris to take credit for how much LeBron James struggled in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Cavs came into Sunday making an average of 10.8 3-pointers per game on 35.1 percent shooting this postseason. Morris probably won't light it up like that again but the Cavs don't have any defensive stoppers outside of James and no rim protection, so the Celtics should feast each night. The Cavs, who seem to have scrubbed off a shaky start to the postseason, look to fend off Celts - and compete in their fourth straight NBA Finals. We played well with that lineup. They're a very good team. After averaging 22.5 dimes a game in the regular season and 21.6 during the playoffs, Boston dished out 27 assists in the Game 1 rout.

Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love compete for control of the ball during the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Boston. 'We'll be watching tape from when we played Houston in December or something, and guys will go "Yeah, I remember that this is what happened next"'. Since then he has played no more than three seasons for each of the three previous teams before signing with the Boston Celtics in the 2017 offseason.

The Celtics, who keep handling every situation thrown at them regardless of who might be available to play, know what they are likely to be up against in Game 2. When they did give up the switch, it was with objective and with a plan for how to hold their own against the mismatch, without selling out the defensive scheme to adjust, and also while making the Cavaliers offense work for that switch and use up precious seconds on the shot clock before beginning to work against the mismatch.

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And so, it was not just a man-to-man guarding, a double-teaming or a triple-teaming defense but, seemingly, all five greenshirts on the parquet floor were swarming all over James. "We weren't as aggressive as we should've been".

But the real way that Boston was able to impact Cleveland's offense was through solid execution on their own offensive end.

He wasn't impressed with the Toronto Raptors or Indiana Pacers effort.

"We've got to help 'Bron", JR Smith said after the opener. "And we're going to take those same looks going into Game 2 if the opportunity presents itself".

One of the biggest reasons that Michael Jordan is considered by many as the best player to ever play the game was because of his ability to be an outstanding role model and let his actions speak louder than any words he spoke.