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Celts survive huge game by LeBron, take 2-1 series lead

Celts survive huge game by LeBron, take 2-1 series lead

Thompson said the Cavs weren't able to "clean up the boo-boo on our lips" after the Celtics' initial run in Game 1.

The Celtics improved to 9-0 this postseason at TD Garden, where they've routinely fed off the energy of a crowd that keeps upping its ante. Still, Stevens says his team has to be better. "We had a few rotations that we were a little late on". We've got to help him and be effective. "We moved on to the next play way and we locked in after that". "We just need to be better at making them feel us".

LeBron was pretty bad in Game 1 and was sulking on the bench for most of the fourth quarter.

Whose advice should you follow to find the victor of Game 2?

Boston also started that series on just a days' rest following a draining seven-game series with Washington.

The Warriors lead the series 1-0.

Game 1 was an absolute nightmare for the Cavs by just about every measure. In the following six Game 2s, he upped his shooting percentage to 41.2 percent.

But Cleveland's commitment to defense waned as the game wore on.

James appears to be doing everything he can to make that happen. But you want it again because it's an unbelievable feeling.

He's got a teammate by the name of LeBron James that's had a way of responding after lopsided playoff defeats. The Celtics are expecting to see him driving more and taking matters into his own hands, which is usually his recipe for a monster game. Both boxers were at fault, as not one of them made efforts to meet each other-even if only for show.

Asked if he thought Boston might change its starting lineup to match up better with a bigger front line, Horford wasn't certain.

Boston's brash forward had spilled beyond the baseline while finishing a third-quarter layup through the contact of Tristan Thompson and then, sitting at the feet of Boston Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck in a game that would soon be tied, Morris turned toward Thompson, who was lying next to him, and repeatedly screamed directly in his face. His ability to stretch the floor alongside LeBron James will be key to giving The King the space to operate inside the paint area.

"Just got a tough, resilient group of guys", Stevens said, "and we're going to have to be tougher and more resilient as we head to Cleveland".

Al Horford vs Kevin Love - The two All-Stars who populate their respective frontcourts are the tactical lynchpins for their teams. A jumper from James trimmed the Celtics' lead to six with 4:42 to play but the hosts scored the next eight points to pull away for the win.

Since returning to Cleveland (2014-15 season), LeBron has lost Game 1 of a playoff series five times, including all three NBA Finals Game 1s against Golden State. The Cavs don't have enough knockdown shooters to destroy a double team.

Korver added 11 points off the bench for Cleveland.

The Cavaliers were not as good from long-range. Just wanted to go back to the back and make sure everything was fine.

Smart's 3-pointer with 4:34 left in the third quarter gave the Celtics a 72-71 lead after they had trailed by 11.

It started with Lue whose questionable rotation management returned at the worst possible time. LeBron takes a shot on the jaw.

Hartstein has a surprising take on Game 2.

"We will see what we are made of on Saturday".

The guard has been a difference-maker on the court this season for the C's.


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