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Cavs go down 0-2 in Boston despite LeBron triple-double

16 May 2018, 12:40 | Ken Black

Cavs go down 0-2 in Boston despite LeBron triple-double

It's time for the Cavaliers to make some adjustments

James added 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

James posted 21 points in the first quarter alone and added another 21 across the other three quarters for the third 40-plus-points post-season triple-double of his career. He scored 21 points in the first quarter alone and finished with 42 for the game.

Then they were to take on Cleveland, another LeBron-led team that had just throttled top-seeded Toronto in four games.

"But you've just got to give credit to Coach (Stevens), because he ends up making adjustments. whichever the matchup is, and giving us those options to go out there and execute on offense". "We go out there, we compete".

Or has this current Celtics unit - sans superstars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, mind you - simply perfected the meaning of team basketball and subsequently used each opponents weaknesses to an immediate advantage?

"We've got each other's backs, and that's it". That included the game-tying free throw with 6:15 remaining and a thunderous breakaway dunk with James on his heels.

"I felt like I needed to go back to the locker room, which I did, and kind of recalibrate", James said during the postgame press conference. "They did what they had to do to protect home court and now it is our time as well".

It was a disaster, with the Celtics never headed after jumping to a 29-9 lead in the first quarter. It was their first lead since they were up 3-2 only 49 seconds in. Thompson got Cleveland's first basket of the night and helped to limit Horford's effectiveness on the inside early on. After quickly cutting into an 11-point deficit with a pair of buckets by Marcus Morris just before half, Boston flipped the switch by outscoring the Cavs 36-22 in the third to take a seven-point lead. Rozier finished with 18 points and five rebounds.

The Cavaliers led 55-48 at halftime. Obviously incidental. His shoulder hit me right square in my jaw. James was diagnosed with a strained neck.

Asked if he was checked for a concussion, he said: "I was checked for multiple things, and I passed them all". Jaylen [Brown] started the game on him, Marcus [Smart] was guarding him a tonne. Of course, he came back; but when he came back, I don't think he had the same punch that he had before he left as far as attacking the basket, playing with that force and power we talked about at shootaround. It will be a different environment out in Cleveland; we will have to wait and see if the Cavs fans can match Beantown's energy and passion. "He has been doing it all year".

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