But for me, there's never no level of concern no matter how bad I played tonight with seven turnovers, how inefficient I was shooting the ball.
The Cavs and Celtics will tip off at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night on ESPN. The new Cavs players struggled to find any rhythm with James, and Cleveland eventually moved Thomas and Crowder in separate trades, netting Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.in return. LeBron missed all five of his three-point attempts (when he's a three-point shooter, that's a win for the Celtics), with Kevin Love going 1-for-4, Kyle Korver 1-for-5 and J.R. Smith 0-for-3.
"I'll just be myself, be active early", Thompson said.
James finished with 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting with seven rebounds and nine assists. Since then he has played no more than three seasons for each of the three previous teams before signing with the Boston Celtics in the 2017 offseason.
On 3-pointers with no defender within 6 feet, the Cavs shot 3-for-16 in Game 1. "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". To Lue's credit, spacing is vital to the team's offensive attack with James running the show.
Boston entered with the same gameplan as Toronto did in the series, which was taking those shooters away and forcing LeBron to carry a large load offensively, but the Celtics have personnel better suited to that goal, with a group of young, talented defenders who stayed engaged.
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They also sent help defense aggressively on his side to stop him from stacking up the dimes - James only had 2 assists in the second half. In 34 minutes of action, Morris had 21 points on 7-12 shooting and 10 rebounds.
Morris is celarly going to be a vital player on both ends in this series, and he could not have done a better job in game one.
James' Cleveland Cavaliers got smacked from the start by the Boston Celtics.
It's not often that we see LeBron James coming off a 25-point loss. Stevens' insertion of Marcus Morris into the starting lineup to defend LeBron James proved to be effective. If Morris can even go close to repeating his Game 1 performance, Cleveland don't stand a chance, but if LeBron can step up in a big way, the series could easily be tied heading back to Ohio.
And Celtics coach Brad Stevens knows that it will take a continued team effort to limit James' influence in this series if Boston hope to advance to the Finals for the first time in eight years.