The Cleveland Cavaliers will go back to work tonight in Boston for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The other reason is the Cavs are convinced there is no way they will shoot the ball as poorly as they did May 13 while losing Game 1, 108-83. The Cavaliers missed their first 14 3-point attempts of the game and shot just 32 percent in the first half.
Despite being a younger and more inexperienced team than the other conference finalists, Boston have now outscored their opponents by 89 points in those eight games, with an average of more than 11 points per game.
James meandered through Game 1 of the quarterfinals against the Pacers in a fashion similar to the way he played Game 1 against the Celtics. But that wasn't the case on Sunday's series opener, when they combined for just nine points in the loss. "He's always done it".
It looks like Cleveland will make their big lineup change by inserting Tristan Thompson into the starting lineup in Game 2, but we should listen to Stevens: the biggest adjustments for Cleveland will come from No. 23.
I think we all expect a much better game from James come Tuesday evening. "So I just mean he's going to approach this game as one that he's going to have to lead and bounce back".
"We were great", Horford said after the Celtics shot 51.2 per cent from the floor and went 11-for-30 from three. "Our guys played with good aggression". Last night we just weren't in sync offensively, and it kind of carried over to our defense.
Morris had 18 points and led a swarming defensive effort that shut down James, who had been averaging 34 points in the play-offs. He blocked two shots but also made seven turnovers. "We're just out here playing hard and doing the best we can".
Thompson started against the Pacers in Game 7 and set an early tone.
"We lost", Lue said. But we won seven out of eight, and we weren't going to adjust until someone beat us. "We didn't play well". Yes, we have to weigh that decision.
We had some fun on the show with Hue Jackson's announcement that he will jump in Lake Erie next month, keeping his promise that he made before last season should the Browns not do better than 1-15.
Al Horford scored 20 points for the Celtics, who ran off 17 consecutive points in the first quarter to pull away.