Jaylen Brown and Gerald Green aren't the answers, but they're a necessary step in solving the problem.
James and Westbrook were on 99 first-team ballots, and second-team on the lone other. So far in 2017, the Cavs has simply made a decision to funnel the opposing team's shots to the worst offensive option as much as possible.
ESPN's Tom Haberstroh noted at the time on Bill Simmons' "B.S. Report" that James simply didn't have the tools to go one-on-one effectively in the playoffs.
A stop against James. They defeated the Boston Celtics 117 to 104 in game 1.
Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder led the Celtics with 21 points apiece, while Isaiah Thomas, hounded all night, had 17 points and 10 assists. "Obviously, we don't know the exact adjustments, but we know they're going to make adjustments".
"What you look at, it doesn't matter how many points you win by", Golden State acting coach Mike Brown said. "And never will be".
Cleveland is 4-0-1 ATS in its last five games.
The Celtics came from behind and won the third and final quarters but it didn't affect the Cavaliers 13 points victory in Game 1 of the best of 7 game series. Kyrie Irving added 11 points and 6 assists. Coming off a Game 7 victory over Washington on Monday night, Boston missed 11 of its first 14 shots.
"He came through for us", James said.
"That's out of my hands". I would guess Fox, Isaac, or Tatum go here.
I can't wait for him to do it in a real game. The ownness now falls on Tyronn Lue to decide who's going to take that matchup.
The Cavs, playing their first game since May 7, put on a clinic, leading wire to wire. So many guys played well this year.
While the series is still early, if Boston watches their season end easily from Cleveland, a trade might seem more plausible.
Give the Celtics credit for playing a second half with a little more fire.
"I thought that Boston team was prepared for us, was ready for us", he said. If you're deficient in a particular area, they have trump cards to take advantage.
"Whenever their back's up against the wall, they tend to play better, just like we do", Smith said, according to Fox Sports Ohio. We're not old, we're young in comparison to a lot of our competition.
"I think that allowed me to be more comfortable out there on the floor, knowing that my mindset is really there, still being aggressive and making plays". I think that that is something that you have to earn. It may have been because Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert accused him of quitting on the team against the Celtics. They clearly still have holes to plug, and the Celtics can possibly expose that through fundamental ball movement.
Finalists for other awards, including MVP, rookie of the year, defensive player of the year, sixth man, most improved player and coach of the year will be announced Friday night. But, hey, on the bright side, the Celtics did secure the number one pick in the upcoming National Basketball Association draft, so if they're ousted by Cleveland as expected, they could be ready to take the next step next season. Maybe the Celtics explore a deal for another superstar like Paul George from the Pacers?
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