3 adjustments the Cavs could make for Game 2

Ruben Hill
May 16, 2018

The 2009-10 Boston Celtics were the last East squad to successfully vanquish a James-led squad, although their 2017-18 counterparts appear poised to follow suit after dominating James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 on Sunday.

The last time James trailed 0-2 in the Eastern Conference finals was in 2008 against the Celtics, who would go on to win the National Basketball Association title.

The Cavaliers need to shoot much better in game 2, as they were just 4-26 (15.4%) from the three point line in game 1.

Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford and Marcus Morris not only combined for 80 points, they did so on 30-of-49 shooting (61.2 percent).

They will broadcast up to seven live games per week throughout the regular season and the first and second rounds of the playoffs, as well as every game of the conference finals and NBA Finals. Thompson has given the Celtics fits in the past, especially Al Horford, and provides some protection for Kevin Love, whom Horford took to school on Sunday.

Morris was huge in game one and will need to continue to be huge the rest of the series. As a team, the Cavs finished the game with three blocked shots - two of them by LeBron James and one by Kyle Korver. Boston is seeking its first Finals berth since 2010, when it lost in seven games to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hartstein knows Cleveland had gotten the better of Boston in recent meetings, winning in five of their six previous trips to TD Garden.

The Celtics also have to be prepared for a bounce-back individual performance from James.

J.R. Smith's buzzer-beating jumper had the Cavaliers within 78-64 after three quarters, but a Tatum finger roll put the Boston lead over 20 at 85-64 with 10:52 remaining.

Kevin Love won't be such a pushover and he'll hit a few 3-pointers, pull in about 12 rebounds. Morris managed 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting himself in what was a typically even offensive performance from the Celtics.

According to USA Today Sports' Jeff Zilgitt, "in the 24 plays in which Morris guarded James, James scored just five points on 2-for-6 shooting with two assists and one turnover". "Everybody played their part in guarding him".

Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics outshot the Cleveland Cavaliers all game long.

James shot only 3-for-8 in the first half and the Cavaliers missed their first 14 3-point attempts of the game.

'They rebounded it, and we came back on the defensive end, ' he continued.

After the game, the internet went insane once again. the masses came out with creative memes before the game practically making fun of Morris for suggesting such a thing.

"I think we're very alert to the fact that we'll get a heavyweight punch on Tuesday night", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

There are small adjustments to be made, but the Cavaliers also have the option of breaking out a line-up change that could rob Boston of some of their switchability.

The first reason why James would be able to help the 76ers immensely is that of his experience. "With Tristan, it's more traditional coverages, being in the paint a lot more, so they become a more traditional group", Horford told ESPN.

While he usually plays much better at home than on the road, Rozier was a bit of a no-show in Game 1.

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