Can the Cleveland Cavaliers bounce back against the Celtics?

Aubrey Yates
May 17, 2018

Baynes played the final 6:46 of the quarter and finished with four points and two rebounds, once again showing the ability to positively and efficiently impact the game in the minutes he was on the floor.

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Smith and point guard George Hill were outscored 41-3 by Boston's Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, who were faster, hungrier and maybe tougher. But that streak ended last night in TD Garden.

Heading into the contest, James had not faced an 0-2 deficit in an Eastern Conference playoff series since 2008, when coincidentally, his Cavaliers lost to the eventual champion Boston Celtics. "We go out there". At this point we don't care if we win by half a point. "I'll recalibrate as far as how I can help this team continue to be successful, how I can do some things to make us be even more complete".

James added 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

In addition, Bayless declined to note how James 21 first-quarter points almost matched the 23 points the entire Celtics squad scored during that period. He scored 21 points in the first quarter alone and finished with 42 for the game. James had just 15 points and missed all five of his 3-point attempts in the Cavs' Game 1 loss. "And I think that's what I think we're witnessing right now with these guys". I'm not going to lose sleep over it.

"We're just trying to preserve life", Smart said recently of how she's doing.

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As expected, Tristan Thompson started in place of Kyle Korver in the hopes his presence could energize what was a sluggish Cavs offense in Game 1.

LeBron James' momentum in a potentially historic Eastern Conference finals performance was interrupted late in Tuesday's second quarter when he collided with Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.

Tempers flared with 3:49 to play with Boston leading 97-89. "No matter what he's shooting in the game, we know he can get going at any point in time, so that's the reason".

Smart remembered the first-round playoff series against the Cavaliers three years ago when Smith elbowed former teammate Jae Crowder. Officials reviewed the play and assessed Smith with a flagrant 1 foul.

After the game, Smith said that he agreed with the initial flagrant foul call, which was followed by an expletive-laden chant from the Celtics' home crowd. "We have each other's backs". It was Smith, Green, James, Love and Thompson, a group that played eight total minutes together in the regular season. "I thought Semi (Ojeleye) did a good job on the couple of possessions he guarded him, which is really hard - to just come off the bench, not in the flow of the game, and put a body in front of him".

The Celtics, on the other hand, used a balanced attack as six players reached double figures. Boston converted 17 of 20 free throws and forced 15 turnovers while committing just six.

It started with Lue, whose questionable rotation management returned at the worst possible time.

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