Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

3 adjustments the Cavs could make for Game 2

3 adjustments the Cavs could make for Game 2

The Boston Celtics walked all over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Sunday - especially inside.

However, King James is not too concerned about his poor showing in Game 1 or the fact that the Cavs are now 1-0 down. "He's an All-Star. You get up for these games".

"We know it will be a heavyweight punch", Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said of Game 2. I've been down before. "We have another opportunity to be better".

But James came out like a man on a mission in Game 6, putting up a line of 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in the Heat's win.

"We weighed it before the series started, but we'd won seven out of eight and we weren't going to adjust until someone beat us and we didn't play well with that lineup that got us to this point", Lue told McMenamin.

"We'll see ways we can be better and get our offence into a better rhythm".

Game 1 couldn't have gone much better for the Celtics, who doubled up Cleveland in the first quarter (36-18) and proceeded to coast to the 108-83 victory.

James finished with 15 points on 31 percent shooting, along with seven turnovers. Thompson limited Horford to 0 points when on the court at the same time while adding 8 points and 11 rebounds in just 21 minutes of play.

Over James' postseason lifetime, a circumstance similar to what he's suggesting here against the Celtics has played out on a few other memorable occasions. Even before he came back to Cleveland and since I've been here he's always responded big.

But there has been only one time when James' team has lost a Game 1 by a wider margin than Sunday's 25 points: the 2006 second round at Detroit, when the Cavs were dismantled 113-86.

The Raptors let rookie forward OG Anunoby guard James for the bulk of their four-game series and, though Anunoby is strong at the point-of-attack and athletic himself, his inexperience led to a couple of lowlights. The Cavaliers have yet to lose back-to-back games in the playoffs but do they have any answers for Game 2 of this National Basketball Association matchup? He no longer wanted to play alongside James, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst , making it clear he'd like to be the focal point of a team's offense. He often kept Wilt from doing any of his normal moves, including a turnaround jump shot that stunned every big in the league.

The Celtics shockingly dominated the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals with a serious statement win, which left many wondering afterward if they picked this series wrong.

The Celtics seized the lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals, with the victor to face either season wins leader Houston or defending champion Golden State in the NBA Finals.

Getting outscored 60-38 in the paint in Game 1 should have been enough to convince Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue to make a change. "We fed off the crowd and we kept it going throughout the game".

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