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Old 05-15-2018, 12:05 AM   #92
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Originally Posted by phoopes View Post
You can't expect LeBron to have multiple games like that across the series. I'll start being concerned for the Cavs if the Celtics manage to win game two as well.
While I (and Jaylen Brown AND Brad Stevens) agree that the Cavs (LeBron) are going to try and hit hard Game 2, I think what the Celtics showed in Game 1 are things that will translate to the rest of the series. They shut OFF the passing lanes, to the point where Rodney Hood looked like the best offensive player on the floor simply because he's occasionally able to make his own shot. One major adjustment I could see LeBron making is him actually trying to drive and draw fouls, but Ojeleye, Morris, Tatum, and Brown did really, really well in cutting off his pathways. These boys aren't the Raptors!

Normally, I'd be more concerned about the sustainability of the Celtics' offense but the Cavs' defense is... really really bad. Al "Why is he in the All-Star Game" Horford was the best player on the court last night, and Tristan Thompson is probably the Cavs' best answer to him (wtf?). I could see Thompson starting tomorrow. When he was in, he definitely helped the Cavs' offense by being capable of grabbing a rebound, since they were missing A LOT. Game 2 will definitely be indicative of whether or not these things translate in the long-term, but I don't think this is as simple as "LeBron hasn't flipped the switch yet."




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