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Lineup change possible as LeBron, Cavs look to bounce back

Lineup change possible as LeBron, Cavs look to bounce back

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost every facet of the game to the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. James' Cleveland Cavaliers got smacked from the start by the Boston Celtics.

As Love mentioned, just this postseason, the Cavs dropped Game 1 in the first round at in, with James putting up 24 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists on 7-of-17 shooting in a 98-80 defeat.

"Our confidence level is very high", said Morris, who recorded the first postseason double-double of his career. After Game 1, apologies were bountiful from many of those that had talked the most smack. Al Horford's domination of Love set the tone of Game 1.

In game one, it looked like he saved the very best of this season for this series, and if he can keep this up it will be the kind of unexpected edge that could be a determining factor in this series, and at least make sure the Celtics push it as far as possible.

In that particular game, LeBron-following an 18-point loss to the Pacers in Game 1 of the first round-poured in a super-efficient 46 points (17-of-24 FG, 2-of-5 3PT, 10-of-13 FT) to go with 12 rebounds, five assists and just three turnovers to lift the Cavs to a crucial victory.

Al Horford said Tuesday morning ahead of shootaround that the key heading into Game 2 is, "Just understanding that this is another challenge". We know we have to play better.

Marcus Morris didn't defend James the entire game, but when he did, he actually backed up his quote. While Love led the team with 17 points, he and Korver combined for just seven-of-20 shooting. The defense was just as good as it has been all year, if not better.

That said, whenever Clarkson is on the floor against players like Terry Rozier and the aforementioned Brown and Tatum, keeping a heady point like George Hill on the court would be wise, even if LeBron James is on the court. "We weighed it before the series started, but we'd won seven out of eight and we weren't going to adjust until someone beat us and we didn't play well with that lineup and that got us to this point".

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The Celtics forced James to work harder defensively and rotated several players on the 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player to contain him offensively.

Right now, James is still focused on helping the Cavaliers make the NBA Finals, but in a few months, he will be pondering where he wants to play next season. He is confident that the Celtics will continue to do well against James in Game 2 as they have a great strategy.

The C's opened up the series Sunday afternoon by beating the Cavs in blowout fashion, but after the game, they mentally hit the reset button. "And we're going to take those same looks going into Game 2 if the opportunity presents itself".

"We came back on the defensive end and we got a stop".

There are small adjustments to be made, but the Cavaliers also have the option of breaking out a line-up change that could rob Boston of some of their switchability. They haven't been favored in any playoff series they've been in this year.

LeBron James' bounce-back game - The King will be smarting from the discouraging showing he put up in Game 1.

The first reason why James would be able to help the 76ers immensely is that of his experience. If the past is any indication, LeBron is about to bounce back in a big way in game 2.


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