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Cavaliers vs. Celtics: Game 2 Prediction, NBA Playoff Odds

Cavaliers vs. Celtics: Game 2 Prediction, NBA Playoff Odds

I imagine it'll be a lot like Game 2 against Indiana.

Personally, I think I'm probably the best guy defending him in the league, outside of Kawhi (Leonard). That was the closest the Cavs could get as Tatum, Morris and Rozier offensively carried the Celtics juggernaut in the final quarter in which the lead went to as high as 29 with 5:19 remaining. I've been down before. "For me, a guy that wants to keep getting better and keep proving myself, you get up for those games".

"We'll see ways we can be better and get our offence into a better rhythm".

James said the Celtics deserved credit for the defensive strategy they employed against him, which started with Marcus Morris challenging him from outset, limiting him to 2-of-6 shooting in the first quarter as Cleveland fell into a 36-18 hole.

James finished with 15 points on 31 percent shooting, along with seven turnovers. Thompson pulled down 11 rebounds in his 21 minutes on Sunday, and he out-muscled the Celtics in the paint last postseason, averaging over seven boards per game through Cleveland's five-game win. Even before he came back to Cleveland and since I've been here he's always responded big.

For a repeat of Game 2 against IN, the Cavs are going to need more than what they got from James' supporting cast IN that game: 5-of-16 shooting from Love, five points from JR Smith, 16 points from their bench and a DNP-CD from Tristan Thompson. That was when the Cavs called a "timeout", as James recalled, and he used the pause to signal the end of his narrative, at which point his performance was met with some amused applause.

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

"He's our rock", Stevens said of Horford, who has also averaged 8.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocks per game in the playoffs. The Boston Celtics are -1.0 over the Cavaliers in game 2.

James is not going to be in the 15-point range again. Of course, with James going just 3-10 against the Celtics other defenders, including Jaylen Brown and throwing away the ball eight more times, it was more than just Morris.

"Three-point shot is a part of our DNA", James said.

It was during that November 2007 ceremony that the franchise named its court the "Red Auerbach Parquet Floor" in honor of the iconic coach, who guided the Celtics to nine National Basketball Association championships in 10 years: 1957 and from 1959-1966. The team firmly believes that the best way to keep a team off its game is to switch matchups early and often.

The 27-year-old big man, who has appeared to iron out his personal affairs after cheating allegations overshadowed the birth of his daughter with Khloé Kardashian, is back on Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue's radar as the team prepares for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Game 1 defeat was his second-worst in playoff history.


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