Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

David Ortiz Sends Message To LeBron James Before Celtics-Cavs Game 2

David Ortiz Sends Message To LeBron James Before Celtics-Cavs Game 2

"I believe that", said Brown.

Surely, one game won't define a series as protracted as a best-of-seven.

Part of the problem against Horford and the Celtics, according to Love, was the Cavs' early approach.

LeBron saw many different defenders in game 1, and he wasn't able to solve any of them. After all, there's no Kyrie Irving or Gordon Hayward, with valuable rookie bench center Daniel Theis also gone.

Love said he thought the Cavs were a "little soft" in the first half in Game 1. "Every team we've played in the playoffs has kind of counted us out, so when you're on a team with nothing to lose that can play carefree, that's a unsafe team". Relighting the spark in Boston, with eight points and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes during Game 1, Thompson appears on the rise again.

"They played better than us in game one so we look to redeem ourselves tonight", James said.

"Whenever we've needed him to step up offensively, he has done that". "We didn't play well".

Against a Cavaliers lineup that featured Thompson last postseason, Horford averaged just 12.4 points and shot a relatively pedestrian 46 percent from the floor (pedestrian considering he's hitting 59 percent of his shots this postseason). With the Cavs down 26 points at halftime, The Q started emptying slowly.

The four-time NBA MVP did have a momentary lapse in memory by initially referring to teammate Jordan Clarkson as NBA journeyman Jordan Crawford, but he quickly corrected himself while noting that Clarkson missed a shot.

Tuesday's Game 2 isn't exactly a must-win situation for the Cavs, but stealing home-court advantage before heading back home to Cleveland would have to be a good feeling. Monday's game was just the third time in these playoffs where he has failed to pass 25 points, and his responses to the previous two occasions make for scary reading for Boston fans. "I just think we did a great job of that". We're absolutely OK with that. "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". Numerous issues that plagued the Cavaliers in their opening round win over the Indiana Pacers cropped up as the young Celtics really challenged them.

Morris was huge in game one and will need to continue to be huge the rest of the series.

Like everything else with this team, it begins with LeBron James. I imagine it'll be a lot like Game 2 against Indiana. This is somewhat understandable given that the Raptors had now lost 10-straight games to the Cavaliers in the playoffs, and the consolation after those series typically was that this was LeBron James, and he simply does not lose in the Eastern Conference, which he's dominated for more than a decade.

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