LeBron James putting in early work before Game 2

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"He's always done it". If the past is any indication, LeBron is about to bounce back in a big way in game 2.

Cavs fans will be hoping that it was just a bad night for James and he will be back to his best in Game 2.

That's why when the topic of a lineup changed was raised, the Celtics didn't exactly cower.

Tristan Thompson was effective off the bench in Game 1, but odds are good that he'll be among the starting five on Tuesday night.

"We lost", Lue said. They'll surely play better in Game 2 but will that be enough? On the negative side of the ledger, LeBron also racked up seven of Cleveland's 10 turnovers in the loss.

James will need to fix his performance, along with Kevin Love, to compete stronger against Boston in this series. We've got to clean those up.

"They've got some great match-ups too and all basketball's about match-ups". We had played well with that lineup, and it got us to this point.

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When discussing the move Monday, Lue referenced Thompson's defensive stats against Horford over the years. It's not a luxury the Raptors had in the previous round, as OG Anunoby was the only defender who had the physical tools needed to defend James. That, along with other issues, resulted in the snowball effect that was the final score 108-83. I'm just as confident going into a series whether it's a 0-0 series or I'm down 0-1. "I think that's an obvious question". "So for [the younger guys] to see that and have that feeling of them winning like we did [Sunday] was huge". The payoff didn't end there though, because even when Boston missed shots, frequently the Cavs attack wasn't able to get going immediately, because they found themselves needing to regroup instead of getting out on the fast break due to the nature of the Boston offense.

He said his past playoff success against Horford has come by him being himself, which means being active early. "When I go check into the game, whether it's him or (Aron) Baynes, I just try to run the floor, set pick-and-rolls and just try to work him on both ends, so that hopefully by the second half his legs might be a little exhausted where he might not make that 3 that he makes in the first half".

According to ESPN, prior to this contest, Boston had six guys who averaged double digits for points.

The Celtics feel they are a much different team than the one that trudged into last year's conference finals matchup with Cleveland still toting the emotional baggage of helping teammate Isaiah Thomas cope with the death of his sister. He blocked two shots but also made seven turnovers.

None of that is a factor this time 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.

Morris talked the talk leading up to Game 1, embracing the challenge ahead.

Tristan Thompson was not able to be as effective inside as he has been against Boston in the past, while the entire Cleveland team struggled shooting at 36 percent overall and just 15 percent on 3-pointers. Jayson Tatum took the ball out, threw it to Marcus Morris in the short corner, he made a three.We come back down, missed another shot.Then Tatum came down and went 94 feet, did a Euro step and made a right-hand lay-up, timeout.There you go.(Startled applause by the listeners.) Official play-by-play: Morris misses 20-foot jumper. "(Cleveland is) here for a reason, because of the talent that they have.

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