Cavs aiming to be better in Game 2 vs. Celtics

Cavs aiming to be better in Game 2 vs. Celtics

Following Tuesdays contest, the teams head to Cleveland and get a mini break before Game 3 on Saturday night.

The four-time NBA MVP did have a momentary lapse in memory by initially referring to teammate Jordan Clarkson as NBA journeyman Jordan Crawford, but he quickly corrected himself while noting that Clarkson missed a shot. If he keeps up his two-way punch, the Celtics would be well on their way to gaining a 2-0 series lead and putting the pressure on the Cavs.

So if that doesn't highlight just how pivotal Game 2 is for James and the Cavs on Tuesday night, I don't know what else will. James was kept to just 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting, and his nine assists were accompanied by seven turnovers.

The Celtics showed James several different looks throughout the game, switching as many as five different players on him. And his 21 playoff wins against the Celtics were also the most against them during that span. "But we've been playing a lot older than our age, I think - Terry Rozier's (low) turnovers, turnover ratio, JT's tough shot-making ability".

The Cleveland Cavaliers star put his skills on display when he described what went wrong during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

This marked the 15th time in James' illustrious career that his team has dropped the first game of a postseason series. Stevens said Thompson's play in the Raptors series was "tremendous", which points more to his efficiency than his averages (5.3, 4.8). "That's unacceptable. Us bigs, we should be pissed off about that just because our job is to protect the paint, so we've got to do a better job of that". He was disappointing in the earlier rounds because they lost his offense, but the Celtics can not be sacrificing that while trying to account for James.

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Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates his three-point basket as Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith (5) looks on during the second quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Boston.

Listen to James after Game One: "I have zero level of concern at this stage".

Although it's just one loss for the Cavs, it's definitely concerning.

Having lost the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals to the Cavaliers, Boston are looking for revenge but they had been written off even before the playoffs began with Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward out. Absent of that and good games from at least Love and one other player and the Cavs are going to be down 0-2. "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".

His lack of attempts around the rim is also evident in his free-throw attempt total from Game 1 (6).

Al Horford had 20 points for the Celtics and met little resistance from Kevin Love, who has been starting at center for Cleveland.

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