Stevens on LeBron: 'Nobody has been better at making adjustments'

Tanya Simon
May 16, 2018

The Celtics crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers in Sunday's National Basketball Association eastern conference opener 108-83 and can take a 2-0 lead with a win in game two in Boston (10.30am AEST Wednesday). I am not going to be the guy to doubt that he can rear back and throw a haymaker at the Celtics on Tuesday night, the way he did in Game 2 against the Pacers a few weeks ago or Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals.

The Celtics, who host Game 2 on Tuesday, May 15, jumped ahead to 36-18 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, with the Cavaliers coming no closer than 14 points in the second half. However, the other issue was that the Cavaliers just didn't adjust to the Celtics' athleticism or exploit the Celtics defense in the way that they should.

He said his past playoff success against Horford has come by him being himself, which means being active early.

In the 2015 second round, the Cavs lost Game 1 to the Bulls, 99-92 at home, with James putting up 19 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists on 9-of-22 shooting. Morris excelled in a way even he couldn't have expected in Game 1.

Thus, with 7:09 left to play-and Boston unreachable like a thoroughbred inches away from winning a horserace-James was told to stay on the bench. He also committed seven turnovers in the game and shot just 31.3 percent from the field.

Kevin Love led Cleveland with 17 points and 8 rebounds.

That said, whenever Clarkson is on the floor against players like Terry Rozier and the aforementioned Brown and Tatum, keeping a heady point like George Hill on the court would be wise, even if LeBron James is on the court. "As role players, we've got to play our role".

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But this time, you didn't see him the way you wanted him to play. Monday's game was just the third time in these playoffs where he has failed to pass 25 points, and his responses to the previous two occasions make for scary reading for Boston fans.

'We come back down, miss another shot, and then Tatum came down and went 94 feet and made right hand lay-up, time out, ' James concludes.

And judging the way that the Celtics beat up on the Cavs in Game 1, some would argue that Auerbach's spirit was with them on Sunday, too.

The game is scheduled to start at about 8:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. 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 former UCLA standout did not mince words when giving his assessment, referring to Cleveland's defensive effort as "soft". The Cavs have proven during past rounds that they can take the opposition out of the contest early with an explosive stretch, so Boston must be prepared to handle such a situation.

Allen signed with the Heat, winning a title with James as part of the 2013 squad.

Per the ESPN report, Lue thought about putting Thompson in at center to start Game 1, however he made a decision to stick to the lineup that led them to an easy 4-0 sweep of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals. "On the pick and rolls, they were able to get downhill a lot, so we've got to clean that up". "We all have a role to play, and we all need to play that role as well as we can".

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