LeBron, Cavs push Celts into must-win situation
“We got the shots we wanted on the offensive end nearly all of the first half”, Thomas said, noting the Cavs were rested while his team had just come off a seven-game series with the Washington Wizards. The Cavaliers (60-31 SU, 45-42-4 ATS) have since gone 6-0-1 ATS, including an easy Game 1 victory over the Celtics on Wednesday night.
Rumors have it that the Celtics love Markelle Fultz, and believe he can play alongside Isaiah Thomas, but might the Celtics dangle the top pick in the draft and see if the Pacers or Bulls bite on it and give up George or Butler? It included getting within 11 points with less than 2 minutes to play.
“Doubling is really scary against these guys, but it may be necessary”, Stevens said. “He got to the paint, and I think he wanted to establish himself in the paint”. It has proven to be effective as players like John Wall have been able to irritate opposing players.
Of course Thompson isn’t the only one who can pull down rebounds.
Thomas will be re-evaluated on Saturday. So, while there are mismatches defensively and nobody can stop LeBron, I can see the Celtics hanging around here if they bottled up their second half performance from game one.
“I don’t want to put that on any one guy”.
But against the Celtics, you would think they had a team of Kawhi Leonards or something the way they absolutely stone-walled Boston at every turn. Cleveland’s backups would be, to quote Shaquille O’Neal, barbecue chicken against Thomas, particularly if Boston could get the older, slower Deron Williams switched onto Thomas in pick-and-roll situations.
Thomas tried to inspire his team early in the second quarter when he was called for a technical foul for arguing a foul call on rookie Jaylen Brown.
But nothing worked as the Cavs reeled off a 34-11 run to end the first half. Love started the game with a steal on the first possession, and even though he went only 1-for-5 from the field in the first quarter, he had a block in the opening period as Cleveland jumped out to a 30-19 lead. But James is a fickle player, switching from facilitating point-forward to primary scorer anytime he chooses, and his Cavaliers are a tough matchup for the Celtics. The team already has a surplus of talented guards, which could force the team to trade Bradley as he will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. “They’re not in my head”.
Will the Cleveland Cavaliers cruise to another big win when they face the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight at 8:30PM ET?
Game 5, at Boston, 8:30 p.m. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 114.8 points on 48.9 percent shooting and allowing 104.8 points on 46 percent shooting. As a team, Cleveland assisted on 21 of the 39 field goals.
Boston tried to fight back, scrambling to close out on defence and trying to send help to contain James on drives. Had Boston gotten off to a better start, maybe that second half would have meant a little bit more.
J.R. Smith chased down a loose ball in the corner, turned and flung a fading, desperation shot over shoulder. “Obviously I feel like I should be a first-team player, but it is what it is”.
“No one’s pointing fingers”, Horford said.