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LeBron James Held To One Of His Worst Playoff Games Ever

16 May 2018

Behind the scenes, Lue was looking for ways to adjust to the balanced Boston lineup on the heels of a decisive 108-83 victory for the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday.

For the best mobile experience, use the mobile web version. If he can continue to hold James to what he did in game one and can add 20 points on the offensive side on efficient shooting, the Celtics will definitely have a chance to make their first National Basketball Association finals since 2010.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston. His 42 points marked his fifth 40-point game of this postseason. They also have the depth needed to execute constantly, that way they can still put in their top guys when they are needed the most.

For a repeat of Game 2 against IN, the Cavs are going to need more than what they got from James' supporting cast IN that game: 5-of-16 shooting from Love, five points from JR Smith, 16 points from their bench and a DNP-CD from Tristan Thompson. He has started just 22 times this year.

James would return, but didn't have the same impact as the Celtics took control with a 36-22 third quarter.

Smith was issued a grade one flagrant foul, while both he and Smart were issued technical fouls. In 34 minutes of action, Morris had 21 points on 7-12 shooting and 10 rebounds. The Celtics also forced seven turnovers with Morris as the primary defender.

James was on the attack from the opening tip. The Cavs acquired Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and that 2018 first-round pick. But it was one of his only miscues in the first quarter. As a team, the Cavs shot 4-of-26 from deep and finished with a putrid 86.6 defensive rating.

More than anything, the Cavaliers can take solace in James bouncing back from one of the worst play-off performances of his career.

Celtics: Went 10 of 31 from the 3-point line. The two runs included 11 points by Rozier and six by Morris.

Game 3 is Saturday in Cleveland.

He's got a teammate by the name of LeBron James that's had a way of responding after lopsided playoff defeats.

Just ask the Indiana Pacers. He is confident that the Celtics will continue to do well against James in Game 2 as they have a great strategy.

But for me, there's never no level of concern no matter how bad I played tonight with seven turnovers, how inefficient I was shooting the ball. We fed off the crowd and we kept it going throughout the game.

LeBron doesn't always lose and play poorly in Game 1 of a playoff series, but it's happened often enough to at least look into what the man is saying.

Al Horford had 20 and the high-leaping Jayson Tatum added 16. "I thought that we weren't as aggressive". We had a really tough loss, and he came out and played very well. "So, you have to make it as hard as possible on him and guard the other guys well". "So that's a good thing, you know?" But Boston made the first three baskets in the fourth and, after running off nine in a row to make it 96-68 with 7:09 left, the Cavs conceded.

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

The first reason why James would be able to help the 76ers immensely is that of his experience. We need them to do that. Morris won the Big 12 Player of the Year award in his junior and final year at Kansas.

LeBron James Held To One Of His Worst Playoff Games Ever