LeBron James Held To One Of His Worst Playoff Games Ever

It's time for the Cavaliers to make some adjustments

Love recalled how James played in Game 2 of the first round - scoring the Cavs' first 16 points straight en route to 46 as Cleveland tied its series with Indiana.

The Cavs fell to the Celtics yesterday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

"We've got to help 'Bron", JR Smith said after the opener.

"That's a good question".

The Celtics really could have used this version of Morris throughout the playoffs, but they dealt with it earlier. "We had a few rotations that we were a little late on. On the pick and rolls, they were able to get downhill a lot, so we've got to clean that up". "We've got to be better". I was supposed to switch on one of them, I didn't.

The Boston Celtics appear ready for just that.

That, in a nutshell, is what characterizes these younger Celtics, on a roster with an average age of 26, not including two-way contract players Jabari Bird and Kadeem Allen. Boston will be confident after Game 1, but they will be fully aware of the offensive capabilities of the Cavs at their best, so expect a typically committed and disciplined defensive performance.

LeBron James vs Marcus Morris - This is quite obviously the most important matchup of the game. "We weighed it before the series started, but we'd won seven out of eight and we weren't going to adjust until someone beat us and we didn't play well with that lineup that got us to this point".

In game one, it looked like he saved the very best of this season for this series, and if he can keep this up it will be the kind of unexpected edge that could be a determining factor in this series, and at least make sure the Celtics push it as far as possible. "It's another great challenge, another great opportunity to experience something for this team".

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But the Wine and Gold are still in Boston, hoping to pull off a win during Game 2 tonight against the Celtics.

While speaking with reporters Monday, Lue gave a head-scratching explanation for not starting Thompson. In 34 minutes of action, Morris had 21 points on 7-12 shooting and 10 rebounds.

Center Kevin Love topscored for the Cavs with 17 points while Rodney Hood added 11.

Thompson's re-emergence in the starting five would be just another peak in his drastically up-and-down playoffs.

Time will tell if Morris can keep Lebron tamed, and history says Lebron will find his game sooner than later.

His lack of attempts around the rim is also evident in his free-throw attempt total from Game 1 (6). He was taking on much of the additional responsibility, and it felt like the Celtics would need that in the playoffs.

Who Is Feeling It From Downtown? He no longer wanted to play alongside James, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst , making it clear he'd like to be the focal point of a team's offense.

The Cavaliers were not as good from long-range. Three of those open looks were taken by LeBron. Getting tougher could mean a lineup change for the Cavaliers. It probably wouldn't be a great seller, but crazier things have happened. The other is a bit more complicated. The C's guard was just 4-for-10 from the floor and missed all three of his three-point bids, finishing with a modest eight points in Sunday's victory. 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.

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