Marcus Morris Was Not Joking When He Said He Would Stop LeBron

Marcus Morris Was Not Joking When He Said He Would Stop LeBron

"I'm just as confident going into a series whether it's a 0-0 series or I'm down 0-1". Kyle Korver was 1-of-5 from three. They didn't want the 25-point win to get to their heads, because they knew LeBron James and Co. would be ready to respond in Game 2. He also committed seven turnovers in the game and shot just 31.3 percent from the field.

Over James' postseason lifetime, a circumstance similar to what he's suggesting here against the Celtics has played out on a few other memorable occasions.

Likewise, former Cavs GM David Griffin recently told Bill Simmons that he once saw James tell a Toronto Raptors player what play the Raptors were supposed to be running. "He's our rock. He's the guy we really, really lean on".

"You've got to rely on your instinct, you've got to rely on the coaching staff and what they put together as far as the game plan and then you go out and execute it". They're a very good team.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, left, and center Kevin Love, right, watch from the bench during the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Boston.

Though his teammates struggled in the opening round, he averaged 34.4 points (on a true shooting percentage of 65.5), 10.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.0 block per game against the Indiana Pacers.

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LeBron rarely has bad games back-to-back though, particularly in the playoffs, and he will come out breathing fire in Game 2.

While almost everything went Boston's way in the second half thanks to their hustle and grit, Cleveland struggled mightily, scoring just 39 points in the final 24 minutes. "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". The team firmly believes that the best way to keep a team off its game is to switch matchups early and often. I think LeBron bounces back tonight and shows why he is one of the all-time greats. On offense we were settling, and on defense we were passive. This is the first 2-0 hole for a LeBron James-led team since his Cavaliers trailed the Celtics 2-0 in the second round back in 2008. The Celtics ended up shooting 51.2 percent from the floor as a team. "We weren't as aggressive as we should've been".

The Celtics are a small favorite in game 2, but they are not the team expected to win this series.

"I didn't go to college, so it's not March Madness", he said.

"We've got to help 'Bron", JR Smith said after the opener.

With the blowout in the books, James looked ahead to Cleveland's next shot to even things up. Boston will be confident after Game 1, but they will be fully aware of the offensive capabilities of the Cavs at their best, so expect a typically committed and disciplined defensive performance. "I just think we did a great job of that".

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