Cavs, LeBron look to bounce back

Cavs, LeBron look to bounce back

"Obviously, when I check in the game, I try to bring that toughness and energy, but our starters have got to be ready to throw the first punch". They dominated each of the first two quarters to lead 61-35 at the main break, and despite a third quarter fightback from the Cavs, the Celtics were able to run out comfortable 108-83 winners. "When I go check into the game, whether it's him or (Aron) Baynes I just try to run the floor, set pick-and-rolls and just try to work him on both ends so that hopefully by the second half his legs might be a little exhausted where he might not make that three that he makes in the first half".

James came in averaging 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists per game in the playoffs but was lifted with 7:10 left in the blowout.

Baynes, the 31-year-old Queenslander, has been using the experience he gleaned from being part of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs' championship-winning team to help guide an injury-ravaged Celtics squad relying on the talented but inexperienced Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier. However, the other issue was that the Cavaliers just didn't adjust to the Celtics' athleticism or exploit the Celtics defense in the way that they should.

Kevin Love has the ability to do much better than his 17 point, 8 rebound showing in Game 1, as he demonstrated in the last 3 games of the Semifinals against the Raptors.

Now, let's move on from game 1 and talk about all the factors that make these Celtics true championship contenders.

Like everything else with this team, it begins with LeBron James.

LeBron doesn't always lose and play poorly in Game 1 of a playoff series, but it's happened often enough to at least look into what the man is saying. "We have another opportunity to be better". He is confident that the Celtics will continue to do well against James in Game 2 as they have a great strategy.

"I expect him to have a big response", Love said of James on Monday.

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

Well, historically, James, after a bad game, comes back with a big bang in the next. They're capable of switching nearly anything, their rotations are pristine, and they didn't give up a lot of clean looks, but Cleveland still nevertheless needs to be better. The Cavs couldn't shoot, but they also couldn't stop Boston.

Following a blowout win in the opener of the 2018 East finals, the Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game 2 on Tuesday night.

Scenes from the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics also forced seven turnovers with Morris as the primary defender.

Thompson finished with eight points and 11 rebounds on Sunday, playing 20 minutes.

As for James, if Game 1 truly was a "feel-out game", he needs to take his own advice, look at the history and treat Game 2 like something else entirely.