LeBron on Game 2: 'We look to redeem ourselves tonight'

LeBron on Game 2: 'We look to redeem ourselves tonight'

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were throttled at the TD Garden in Boston on Sunday afternoon, as the Celtics coasted to a 108-83 victory to take a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

James said the Celtics deserved credit for the defensive strategy they employed against him, which started with Marcus Morris challenging him from outset, limiting him to 2-of-6 shooting in the first quarter as Cleveland fell into a 36-18 hole.

However, Marcus Morris from the Celtics does not believe that James had a bad night.

"Our confidence level is very high", said Morris, who recorded the first postseason double-double of his career.

But this time, you didn't see him the way you wanted him to play.

The Celtics, however, used Game 1 to paint a much different picture. As conservative as the Celtics were with their double teams in Game 1 - they were more likely to pre-switch to avoid having Rozier guard James or Kevin Love in the post - they were aggressive when they did. Bet the Boston Celtics -1.0 over the Cavaliers in game 2. These were accompanied by just nine turnovers, well down on the 12.3 they've averaged throughout the playoffs so far. James is now 8-0 in his last eight playoff games against the Toronto Raptors and just 5-8 against everyone else.

The Cavs' shooters, however, missed, 14 straight times from 3-point range, to be exact. In contrast, the Celtics managed 33 points from 3-pointers, going a solid 11-for-30 from beyond the arc.

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Ehlers, who had 29 goals, has yet to notch one in 13 games and was a mysterious scratch on Wednesday night. The team also made sure the Haugans arrived in style, hooking them up with jerseys ahead of the game.

James is notoriously able to bounce back from a loss with a huge performance but he will need more help from his support cast in order to tie the series.

JT is Jayson Tatum, the 20-year-old rookie who always seems better in the second half than the first, just as he's playing better now than at midseason. Realistically, keeping LeBron below 30 points and ten assists would be considered a win, so to keep him to 31.3% shooting and a almost identical assist to turnover ratio while dropping 21 efficient points of his own was an unbelievable effort.

Morris shared the praise after the game.

As for James, if Game 1 truly was a "feel-out game", he needs to take his own advice, look at the history and treat Game 2 like something else entirely. They had a really balanced effort in Game 1 as none of their players had tough times getting good looks. O'Neal asked. "You gotta win four games".

And, as Celtics coach Brad Stevens said: "It's just one game". And his 21 playoff wins against the Celtics were also the most against them during that span. Does general manager Danny Ainge run it back one more year?

Then again, the man posted his 24th playoff game of his career with at least 40 points (and fifth this postseason), and extended his National Basketball Association record of playoff games with at least 40 points and 10 assists to five. With how much the Love-Horford match-up appears to be in the Celtics' favour, Cleveland would be better off testing out the change right away in Game 2. Although the Cavs waived the white flag with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, down 68-96, he didn't manage to get a single shot inside the restricted area in the fourth quarter.

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