Tired king: LeBron says he loses sleep after playoff losses

  • Tired king: LeBron says he loses sleep after playoff losses

Tired king: LeBron says he loses sleep after playoff losses

Before taking the floor, LeBron James stood in the hallway with his teammates outside Cleveland's locker room and pounded his chest with both hands. You get a little bit better at handling those moments.

The Cavaliers never doubted they would play better in Game 3 than they did in Boston in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, but now is not the time to relax, says guard George Hill.

A win guarantees that LeBron James and Co. will return home for Game 6 later in the week, while a loss would send the defending Eastern Conference champions back to Boston with their season on life support. For Game 2, he accurately predicted Boston would withstand a more inspired effort from Cleveland and a big game from James to remain undefeated at home in the playoffs.

Any discussion of Cleveland's demise is premature.

"Even when things broke down, we just covered for one another", James said.

At the other end of the court, the formidable Celtics are earning a myriad of solid performances which has contributed to their two-game lead this series.

Jaylen Brown was in foul trouble all night and scored just 10 for the Celtics after averaging 23 in the first two games.

Jayson Tatum scored 18 points to lead Boston. "He did a really good job of just setting the tone of multiple effort and that was good for us". "I thought we came out, the way I played, the way I performed, how not aggressive I was in the first half, I look at that as fuel to come out in Game 3 and be excited about it and be ready to play and ready to fight".

But Boston was never in the game.

James' pair of blocks against Aron Baynes and Semi Ojeleye provided the kind of physicality and interior resistance the Cavs lacked in the first two games.

"The toughest team sets the rules", Rozier said. Beyond any lineup tweaks, more concerning for him may be his team's Jekyll-and-Hyde postseason play. The veteran National Basketball Association handicapper is on a sizzling 18-8 run in his point-spread playoff selections, and he's also on a 10-2 ATS (83 percent) run in games involving either Boston or Cleveland.

Stevens was confident his team would play better on the road than earlier in these playoffs, but the Celtics were shaky early, committing four turnovers and shooting 2 of 10 while the Cavs opened a 27-11 lead. Although James has twice overcome 2-0 deficits to win postseason series, that doesn't make the challenge any easier.

"I just think that we need to run our offense just with more pace", Horford said.

Summer might not be as close as it once seemed.

One fan appeared to get caught sniping a photo of a Cleveland cheerleader during the game.