"Closing out to (Marcus) Morris". We got to play better.
For his part, James contributed 27 points and 12 assists, setting up teammates for an assortment of layups and dunks. But, according to ESPN's research, Saturday was his best game on defense this postseason. Over the past two games, LeBron is averaging 35 points, 8 rebounds, and 12...
The Cavaliers hit 17 of 34 shots from 3-point range and also held a 53-42 rebounding advantage. "He did a really good job of just setting the tone of multiple effort and that was good for us".
With a 2-0 series lead, it's easy to let your foot up off the gas pedal a little bit - something you can never do when you're playing against the greatest basketball player in the world.
If Cleveland wins tonight, I can easily predict that LeBron James and the rest of his groupies will start feeling themselves and start to play at a far higher level. I think the Cavaliers' margin of victory will be closer to 30 points than it is to the 7-point spread. "He was too comfortable when I was guarding him". I made myself very vulnerable on screens and wasn't disciplined.
Quick offense and rotating the ball to the shooter is the key to success for Cleveland, and if these numbers are identical to that of Game 4's, then we might have another blowout in store. Once it became clear the mid-range jumpers were off, the Celtics had other options (Al Horford finishing with just four shots is a pretty striking example). But the road has been treacherous as Boston is 1-5 in trips to Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Cleveland, with the only win in overtime against the 76ers. With all-stars point guard Kyrie Irving and small forward Gordon Hayward out for the season due to injury, the Celtics had struggled offensively for stretches during the regular season. We got thoroughly outplayed on both ends.
"That was the first game we've done that in the playoffs", Morris said. The biggest, yet most subtle adjustment the Cavaliers made in Game 3 was to make the Celtics worry about George Hill at the beginning of the game.
Plenty of times. So here's the Celtics chance to take the loss to the chest and come back better and more aggressive in Game 4, as they try to go up 3-1 in the series on Monday night.
Kyle Korver scored 14 points (all in the first half) for the fourth-seeded Cavaliers.
Less than 24 hours after a 30-point bludgeoning at the hands of LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Celtics did some film study and critical evaluation.