Marcus Morris: Players On The Pacers And Raptors 'Can't Guard'

  • Marcus Morris: Players On The Pacers And Raptors 'Can't Guard'

Marcus Morris: Players On The Pacers And Raptors 'Can't Guard'

"He's obviously the best player in the game", said Morris, who during the week boasted that he was up to the challenge and on Sunday explained why he wanted it. The Celtics need to anticipate James will be back to the best player on the court, but if Morris can be as serviceable as he was in this one, the Celtics will be in a good position.

The four-time NBA MVP did have a momentary lapse in memory by initially referring to teammate Jordan Clarkson as NBA journeyman Jordan Crawford, but he quickly corrected himself while noting that Clarkson missed a shot. I've been down 0-2.

But it is just the first game.

With the help of Morris, James shot just 5-for-16 from the floor and mustered just 15 points. "He's always done it even before he came back to Cleveland and since I've been here he's always responded big".

Behind the scenes, Lue was looking for ways to adjust to the balanced Boston lineup on the heels of a decisive 108-83 victory for the Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Sunday.

Before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris made the questionable decision of calling out [VIDEO] the Cleveland Cavaliers and claiming that he was better suited to defend LeBron James than anyone in the National Basketball Association other than Kawhi Leonard. It is clear that Morris did his job when it came to guarding James in game one. "We're just out here playing hard and doing the best we can". James averaged 34 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists in the first two rounds of the playoffs but the superstar playmaker, seeking an eighth consecutive NBA Finals berth, was shut down by an aggressive, hustling Celtics squad.

"I have zero level of concern at this stage", James said after the Celtics blew the Cavs out in the opening game - a rare poor playoff outing for James.

While Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue has hinted that he'll start Tristan Thompson against the Celtics in Game 2, in large part to defend Horford, here are a few other adjustments that Lue could consider making.

It's not often that we see LeBron James coming off a 25-point loss. They set the tone early, and we weren't able to clean up our boo-boo on our lip, so we've got to be ready to go.

Horford made his first seven shots and scored 10, including eight straight, during the 17-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 21-7 lead.

Beitar is second in the Israeli league with one game left, and has qualified for next season's Europa League.

Boston also outscored Cleveland 60-38 in the paint.

Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals takes place Tuesday night in Boston.

Boston's ball movement - This was a feature of the Celtics game in Game 1. Morris probably won't light it up like that again but the Cavs don't have any defensive stoppers outside of James and no rim protection, so the Celtics should feast each night.