Twitter buries Cavs after falling into 0-2 hole against Celtics

Tanya Simon
May 16, 2018

"You get better throughout the series".

However, King James is not too concerned about his poor showing in Game 1 or the fact that the Cavs are now 1-0 down. "He's always done it".

The 27-year-old big man, who has appeared to iron out his personal affairs after cheating allegations overshadowed the birth of his daughter with Khloé Kardashian, is back on Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue's radar as the team prepares for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. Getting tougher could mean a lineup change for the Cavaliers.

According to a report from Joe Vardon of, James is just six points shy of becoming the only player in National Basketball Association history to record 1,000 points against a single team in the playoffs.

"It's definitely something we have to weigh", Lue said.

"They played better than us in game one so we look to redeem ourselves tonight", James said.

As has been the case for most of the playoffs, the Celtics relied on multiple players in a variety of situations to put up their points on the board.

Boston also outscored Cleveland 60-38 in the paint. We've got to clean those up. "The more effective we are, the more it opens up for him". They didn't want the 25-point win to get to their heads, because they knew LeBron James and Co. would be ready to respond in Game 2.

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Thompson's strategy against Horford doesn't sound complicated. That lineup tormented the Raptors last series. The Celtics won 108-83. "Maybe we're just young enough to not care about what society says the norm should be". "Obviously when I check in the game I'll try to break that toughness and that energy. They're basically doing the same thing we're doing, they just executed better than we did".

"Horford's a very good player; he's an All-Star", Thompson told McMenamin.

In 2011, James and the Heat lost Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Chicago, 103-82.

None of that is a factor this time around for a rebuilt roster that despite being down two All-Stars in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, has found a synergy with its remaining group.

However, with the need to play Clarkson off-ball, and the athletic scorers found throughout the Celtics roster, going deeper into the bench may be needed.

James has posted-up on 40 possessions (12.0 percent of his total offensive possessions) this postseason, scoring 1.13 points per possession. With the Cavs down 26 points at halftime, The Q started emptying slowly.

"We got a lot of guys where we just don't care", Marcus Smart said. Cleveland used that not just to hold Toronto's offense down, as it's easier for them to avoid their frequent communication errors when they aren't forced to move on defense and are able to set into their scheme, but also to propel their own offense through quickly turning around because they weren't on the back foot. But we have talent as well. "Our guys played with good aggression". "Every time we go up against somebody we're the underdogs".

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