Cleveland swept past IN and Toronto IN the opening rounds and could match last year's 10-0 playoff start, one shy of the best IN National Basketball Association history, with another road triumph. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the star point guard had a nagging injury that he aggravated a week ago during the second-round series against Washington.
"I have to be in attack mode and just put the pressure on the defense and see what happens", James said.
Asked if he's concerned that any of the projected top-10 point guards, such as Ball, Fox, North Carolina State's Dennis Smith and Frank Ntilikina of France fitting with Ben Simmons, Colangelo replied, "I think any of the guards on the board could complement Ben Simmons".
Game 3, at Cleveland, 8:30 p.m. The rookie Brown played beyond his years in his first Eastern Conference Finals, and though James still had his way out there, Brown made it hard at times.
James said Love was back to his dominant self - when he was making All-NBA teams with the Minnesota Timberwolves - based not on his production but rather on his persona.
No player on the Celtics is going to stop James. "I know what I bring to the table". It's for you guys to write about.
Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue wasn't shy about letting his opinions known on who the league's MVP title would go to if it was up to him. The four-time MVP LeBron James did pretty much whatever he wanted to over the Celtics in the Cavs' dominating victory in series opener of the Eastern Conference finals. Similarly, ESPN Stats and Info tweeted that James had 13 points in the paint in the first half compared to the Celtics 10.
In the postgame press conference, Stevens said he was already "impressed" with James' game before. "When LeBron's playing at that level other guys just have to be solid and we have a good chance to win". "He's really setting the tone for us in these playoffs. We motivate each other". "At the end of the day, we want to try to put ourselves in position to win every game - that's the goal".
But what the Cavaliers' 130-86 win over the Celtics did do was leave no mystery to what we have hear. "We can't allow a team of their caliber to build a lead like that in the first quarter", Al Horford said after Wednesday's defeat. "We jumped up one more spot". "We have to get focused for Game 3". "Great player", Stevens said according to ESPN. Bradley said. "We'll find out what kind of a team we are, seeing how we respond". "So, you know, I'm not one to rule anything out". "I mean, what else do you do?" Thompson did not give any space to Boston's Isaiah Thomas when he ended up guarding the Celtics point guard on switches. "It's not regular. It's fantastic that he's done so many things that certain things are not impressive, but we should be impressed". Actually, it was an even worse beatdown, if you can believe it.
However, the addition of Hayward would obviously help but it alone wouldn't move the needle enough to where they could come close to looking the Cavs eye-to-eye if the two met again in the postseason next year.
Trapping and blitzing a 5-9 playmaker is a hell of a lot easier than someone who is six or seven inches taller and has the wingspan of a power forward; a player like Fultz.
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