James unworried despite Game 1 rout

  • James unworried despite Game 1 rout

James unworried despite Game 1 rout

Data compiled by Second Spectrum also showed only Draymond Green has forced LeBron to show with a lower percentage from the field than Morris since the 2013-14 season. He was disappointing in the earlier rounds because they lost his offense, but the Celtics can not be sacrificing that while trying to account for James. "We try to do it with as many bodies as possible, and then we've got to guard the other guys.

But like I said, it's a team effort".

"Them dudes can't guard", said Morris, according to The Washington Post's Candace Buckner. "We had a few rotations that we were a little late on". We've got to help him and be effective. We've just got to communicate. "The teams adjusting from game to game and seeing ways you can be better". Morris excelled in a way even he couldn't have expected in Game 1.

"LeBron James, you said you ain't anxious but you better get damn anxious", Barkley said on National Basketball Association on TNT.

"I have zero level of concern at this stage", said James, who was five for 16 from the floor and missed all five three-point attempts. Kevin Durant had 37 points as the Warriors cruised to a 119-106 victory over the Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

Individually, James was equally bad when his 15-point, seven-turnover, 5-for-16 Sunday performance is compared to his 12-point, 10-turnover, 2-for-18 showing 10 years ago. That season he averaged 17.2 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.

Although it's just one loss for the Cavs, it's definitely concerning. In the following six Game 2s, he upped his shooting percentage to 41.2 percent. LeBron's leadership will get the Cavaliers off to a better start than they had in the series opener.

The Cavs defense had better be up to par, more passionate than Sunday afternoon.

They extended their lead through the second quarter - and would go to halftime with an eight-point advantage - but the game turned after James was floored by Jayson Tatum, with the two colliding when attacking a loose ball, with Tatum's shoulder connecting with James' jaw.

"It doesn't matter", Thompson said of starting. When LeBron James speaks, Ty Lue does whatever he's told.

Al Horford vs Kevin Love - The two All-Stars who populate their respective frontcourts are the tactical lynchpins for their teams. "We won seven out of eight". "We had a bad game".

"I think as a team, 1 through 5, we gotta all play tougher", Thompson said.

Who Is Feeling It From Downtown? The Celtics bench wasn't as effective, hitting just one of their nine shots, but 11-for-30 overall is a good night from distance. They were downright abysmal, going 4-for-26. "I've always thought against these guys that if it's a 10-0 run or a 12-0 run, you're in trouble".

The Cavs just don't have answers. Three of those open looks were taken by LeBron.

In order to slow Horford, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is contemplating starting Tristan Thompson for Game 2 on Tuesday night. But if the Celtics can keep getting a body on their quality shooters, and give their questionable ones free space to keep launching bricks, maybe those struggles from downtown will continue for the Cavaliers.

In the summer of 2013, the Celtics sent Pierce, Garnett, Jason Terry and D.J. White to the Nets in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans and three first-round picks (2014, 2016 and 2018), plus the ability to swap first-rounders in the 2017 NBA Draft. The biggest thing to mention about their defense was illustrated very well in Game 1 yesterday. We weren't going to adjust until someone beat us. Dismantled to a tune of 108-83, the Cavaliers most glaring disadvantage came in the paint.