The Celtics are looking to build off their blowout win on Sunday and shove the Cleveland Cavaliers into a 2-0 series hole on Tuesday night.
They trailed 36-18 after the first quarter, were down by 26 at the half, and lost Game 1...
In the end, James still had an incredible overall showing, going for 42 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists for a triple-double. In their eight playoff games, all wins, the Celtics have averaged 110.5 points per game.
The Celtics really could have used this version of Morris throughout the playoffs, but they dealt with it earlier.
LeBron James came out with an incredible first quarter, scoring 21 of his team's 27 points to spark an early lead for the Cavs. 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.
Boston also started that series on just a days' rest following a draining seven-game series with Washington.
When the Cavs did finally show a little momentum, cutting Boston's lead to 14 at the end of the third quarter, the Celtics responded with a 7-0 run at the start of the fourth.
According to USA Today Sports' Jeff Zilgitt, "in the 24 plays in which Morris guarded James, James scored just five points on 2-for-6 shooting with two assists and one turnover". "And we had played well with that lineup and it got us to this point so, yes, we have to weigh that decision". After all, when facing the same team that opposed him in last year's conference finals-and one the Cavs played three times in the regular season this year-what mysteries are there to unravel?
Of the six times James has faced an 0-2 deficit, two of them have come in his second tour of duty with the Cavs-both at the hands of the Warriors in the 2016 and "17 NBA Finals. And we're going to take those same looks going into Game 2 if the opportunity presents itself".
With that being said, the C's can't let the anticipation of a bounce-back game from James and the Cavs allow them to lose sight of their own game plan.
"We've got to help 'Bron", JR Smith said after the opener. "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".
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. "That's what part of the playoff series is about", James said.
The first reason why James would be able to help the 76ers immensely is that of his experience.
This postseason, 39.0 percent of James' shots have come within 0-3 feet of the rim but in Game 1, James only managed to take 2 out of his 16 field goal attempts (12.5 percent) inside the restricted area. The biggest thing to mention about their defense was illustrated very well in Game 1 yesterday.
Per the ESPN report, Lue thought about putting Thompson in at center to start Game 1, however he made a decision to stick to the lineup that led them to an easy 4-0 sweep of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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Boston went aggressive from the opening tip, building a 36-18 bubble in the 1st quarter before erecting a 61-35 halftime lead. While at Kansas, Marcus Morris averaged 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game according to sportsreference.com .
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