Ranking the 5 best Eastern Conference teams LeBron James has destroyed

Ranking the 5 best Eastern Conference teams LeBron James has destroyed

Ranking the 5 best Eastern Conference teams LeBron James has destroyed

Beyond the backcourt duo, the Rockets are stocked with shooting and versatile, long defenders to make them a handful on both ends of the court. Kevin Love led the Cavs with 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Cavs apparently have an answer for their Game 1 struggles, and it's inserting Tristan Thompson in the starting lineup.

Korver added 11 points off the bench for Cleveland. National Basketball Association fans gave Morris flak for that comment, but the forward backed up his talk, as he held James to 5-16 shooting with only 15 points.

Coming into the playoffs, Marcus Morris was separating himself as a primary scorer because of all the injuries for the Boston Celtics. The matchup featured plenty of physicality, with two sets of double-technical fouls assessed.

"I thought defensively we were terrible", Thompson said. "We have each other's backs".

"I blatantly pushed him". And given how Horford has arguably been the MVP of these playoffs so far, slowing him down will obviously help Cleveland's chances of evening this series at a game apiece tonight.

Just as the Cavaliers rapidly rose to contender status with James on the roster, they could become a nonfactor just as quickly if the multi-time league MVP heads to Philadelphia.

The Celtics used a balanced attack as a half dozen players reached double figures.

This incarnation of the Celtics is not only young and athletic but playing with a physicality that was missing at times last season.

The lead catalyst to Boston's third quarter run?

"I think they had a great game plan in Game 1, and he was the start of it", James said.

Connecting from deep is how Cleveland opens up James' and Love's ability to post up. He turned the ball over the Cavs' first possession. The second-year wing finished the quarter 5-for-7 from the field and kept Boston within five after the first 12 minutes.

He had playoff lows of seven turnovers and 15 points. James is averaging 36.3 points on 58.7 percent shooting this postseason outside of series openers. "He's going to approach this game as one that he's going to have to lead and bounce back".

Of all the possible options on the table, James heading to the 76ers could be the worst one for the Cavaliers since those teams reside in the same conference.

And so, expect a different James in today's Game Two to rise from the ruins of Game One. With less than a minute having gone by on the game clock, Horford had single handily increased the Celtics lead from six to 12.

"Yeah, (Horford) was really good".

Cavaliers: Were outscored 50-42 in the paint after being outscored 60-38 in Game 1.

Points at the line might be scarce for Boston in this showdown. "We're going to use these days to really dive in on what needs to be done to help our ballclub be successful".

Lebron's statement came about as there was a lot hype by some other NBA players, some media and some fans of criticism in that Stevens received no votes for the NBA Coaches vote for coach of the year.

"We have to focus on what we do best, realize that you're going to get that punch, that you're going to get that hit by LeBron and the rest of those guys", said Stevens. So much so that he tied his playoff career-high for points in a quarter with 21 in the first. Numerous key members of the 76ers roster are new to playing in the postseason, including their two stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

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