Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Tyronn Lue sounds like he will start Tristan Thompson in Game 2

Tyronn Lue sounds like he will start Tristan Thompson in Game 2

That performance feels relevant because the Celtics just blew the Cavs off the floor in Game 1 of the conference finals, and James as a virtual no-show, tallying 15 points and seven turnovers in a 25-point blowout.

"Looking at the statistics over the last three years: Of at least 30 possessions, out of all the guys that guarded Al Horford, Tristan has been No. 1 in the league defending Al Horford", Lue revealed Monday. "So, that's a good thing".

Cleveland's 26-point halftime deficit was the largest in James' 229-game postseason career. Horford also maintained his status as a capable threat from deep, with makes on two of his fourth attempts from behind the arc.

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Al Horford, who averaged 12.9 points-per-game through the regular season and only eclipsed 20 points once in the Philadelphia 76ers series, scored 20 for the Boston Celtics in the opening game win. They've been playing extremely well throughout these playoffs. He's at the forefront of that.

"We just need him to be aggressive, especially when they're switching, putting smaller guys on him or switching and putting the 5 on him", Lue said. Both Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson called out the team's toughness, with Love going as far as saying the Cavs were 'a little soft'.

Like everything else with this team, it begins with LeBron James.

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"A number of players have been stepping up for them". Now, with the Celtics looking dominant after one game, Lue is bringing Thompson back into the starting lineup for Game 2.

While speaking with reporters Monday, Lue gave a head-scratching explanation for not starting Thompson.

"We weighed (starting Thompson) before the series started, but we'd won seven out of eight and we weren't going to adjust until someone beat us and we didn't play well with that lineup that got us to this point", Lue said. We played well with that lineup. "I think that Coach [Brad Stevens] kinda has to determine that", said Horford. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Ty? "I'm guessing he'll be a part of that lineup, so that's - our focus and emphases will remain the same".

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