Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Not King for a Day: Celtics Dominate LeBron James and Cavs

Not King for a Day: Celtics Dominate LeBron James and Cavs

The Boston Celtics (1-0) take on the Cleveland Cavaliers (0-1) at TD Garden in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals. Morris probably won't light it up like that again but the Cavs don't have any defensive stoppers outside of James and no rim protection, so the Celtics should feast each night. Morris went on to finish with 10 rebounds and 21 points making it his first career playoff double.

LeBron's recovery - It isn't often that James is restricted to a game like he had on Monday, and it's unlikely that he'll play as poorly as that for the rest of the series. Some defenders are better at guarding him one-on-one than others and in those instances, James will initiate a switch that allows him to beat a player off-the-dribble from the perimeter or in the low-post. If LeBron doesn't improve significantly in Game 2, the Celtics will take a 2-0 lead, but he won't lay down easily.

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Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love compete for control of the ball during the first quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Boston.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston. These were accompanied by just nine turnovers, well down on the 12.3 they've averaged throughout the playoffs so far. As a team, the Cavs shot just 36 percent from the field and 15.4 percent from three. The Heat won Game 7 by a final score of 101-88, effectively ending the "Big Three" era. The game finished with a total of 191 points, which was 12.5 points below the projected point total of 203.5 points. He had a very quiet Game 1 despite playing 28 minutes. Realistically, keeping LeBron below 30 points and ten assists would be considered a win, so to keep him to 31.3% shooting and a almost identical assist to turnover ratio while dropping 21 efficient points of his own was an unbelievable effort. But Brad is too smart to fall for those games, especially after Morris turned in a great showing on offense and on defense against LeBron in Game 1. There is no margin of error from here on out, and the Celtics can not afford to have Morris dissappear.

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In the first-round against the Pacers, James scored just 24 points on 7-for-17 shooting in his first-ever opening round Game 1 loss. If the past is any indication, LeBron is about to bounce back in a big way in game 2. They had a really balanced effort in Game 1 as none of their players had tough times getting good looks. After 24 points against IN in Game 1, he bounced back with 46 points on 17-for-24 shooting, and after 22 points IN Game 6 of the same series he came out and scored 45 points to accompany eight boards, seven assists and four steals IN the series decider.

The Boston Celtics flew around the court defensively on Sunday in their 108-83 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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But there has been only one time when James' team has lost a Game 1 by a wider margin than Sunday's 25 points: the 2006 second round at Detroit, when the Cavs were dismantled 113-86. By halftime, James was staring at his largest halftime deficit (26 points) in 229 playoff games, according to ESPN. Ultimately though, it won't be enough against the much better all-around team in Boston.

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