Morris was inserted into the starting lineup and drew the defensive assignment on LeBron to begin the game.
After Sunday's game, Kevin Love lauded the Celtics ball-movement and the emphasis on the extra pass. In the following six Game 2s, he upped his shooting percentage to 41.2 percent.
It started in the 2012 Eastern Conference finals. "Once we step between them lines, we have to compete no matter who we have out there, and that's what we've been doing". It is just one game, and it wouldn't be out of the question for LeBron to turn around and roll off several consecutive wins now to win the series with it looking easy by the end of it, but perhaps there are some real lessons that can be learned from that game for how the Raptors handled Cleveland. "He's always done it even before he came back to Cleveland, and since I've been here, he's always responded big".
"We can't really dwell on what happened in Game 1 or any of the games in the Playoffs", Horford reiterated. "I've been down before in the postseason".
Love top-scored for the Cavaliers with 17 points. The Cavs won the series in seven.
The Cavs, to man, noted that they will have to play better in all aspects of the game, but the concern was their offense. "So, you have to make it as hard as possible on him and guard the other guys well".
"All I know is the first play because I messed up", he said.
James was just 5-of-16 from the field and zero in five attempts from the three-point arc.
Although it's just one loss for the Cavs, it's definitely concerning. He is confident that the Celtics will continue to do well against James in Game 2 as they have a great strategy. For the 39 possessions that Morris guarded James, the Cavaliers averaged 89.7 points per 100 possessions which is a lot lower than their playoff average of 108 points per 100 possessions. The Celtics will again have all five starters chip in close to 15 points, and defensively restrict Cleveland enough to scrape home with a 104-101 win.
If you were too busy watching Jaylen Brown score a game-high 23 points or the Celtics somehow managing to stifle LeBron James into 5-of-16 shooting for 15 points in Game 1, see if you could spot Auerbach's signature near Boston's bench during Game 2. James had to revert on jump shots for much of the game, barring a couple of layups he completed primarily via cuts to the basket. Since returning to Cleveland, he's 3-2. In 34 minutes of action, Morris had 21 points on 7-12 shooting and 10 rebounds.
Al Horford, the Celtics' tactical lynchpin and the locker room veteran leader, earned the second playoff victory of his career over LeBron by stuffing the stat sheet with 20 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Marcus Morris didn't defend James the entire game, but when he did, he actually backed up his quote.
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