LeBron James Held To One Of His Worst Playoff Games Ever

LeBron James Held To One Of His Worst Playoff Games Ever

When LeBron James wasn't busy recalling exactly what happened during a 7-0 run by the Boston Celtics to start the fourth quarter in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, he managed to toss this thought-provoking tidbit to the ravenous media crowd.

"He's our rock", Stevens said of Horford, who has also averaged 8.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.4 blocks per game in the playoffs. But Thompson isn't a cure-all; he may help them win a matchup, but they're going to need a lot more if the Celtics play like they did in Game 1 on Tuesday night. The 3-point shot is one of their primary weapons and while they didn't generate the cleanest looks in Game 1, they did have several open opportunities they failed to capitalise on, hitting just 16-of-53 (30.2 per cent) on uncontested shots. Despite the Game 1 collapse though, King James is not a bit unsettled; and likely so.

LeBron saw many different defenders in game 1, and he wasn't able to solve any of them.

Celtics: The Celtics improved to 8-0 at home this postseason.

When J.R. Smith sets a screen for James, for example, the Celtics are comfortable switching Tatum onto him.

Cleveland is 58-36 straight up (SU), but they struggle covering the spread (36-56-2 against the spread (ATS)). "It looked exhausting. Every time Cleveland had a mismatch, there was a 6'8" Celtics wing sliding in from the weakside to erase the advantage.

But one thing is already clear: this year's Celtics are not last year's Celtics.

But Game 2 is another story.

James is not going to be in the 15-point range again.

Irving averaged 24.4 points and 5.1 assists in 60 games during the 2017-18 regular season before undergoing a knee procedure that sidelined him before the playoffs began. It's up to him to bring this series back to Cleveland, 1-1.

LeBron James, however, believes there's still no cause for concern, regardless of the impressive nature with which Boston bludgeoned Cleveland into submission.

LeBron James has made Boston's TD Garden his personal playground during the playoffs in recent years. The problem for Cleveland, though, is simple: Boston is not Toronto.

Boston ranks 10th in rebounds per game (44.2) while Cleveland ranks 25th (41.7). Morris got the start for Boston and backed-up his claim by helping to limit the greatest player in the world to 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting (0-for-5 from deep).

The Celtics rank 18th in blocks per game (4.6) while the Cavaliers rank 27th (3.8). At one point, they were staring at a 29-point deficit.

But the Celtics, for what it's worth, are aware of what's coming their way from James in Game 2. After scoring 24 points on 41-percent shooting against IN in Game 1, LeBron scored 46 points and hit 70-percent of his shots IN Game 2.

While James wouldn't have gotten this far without help from his teammates, the Pacers and Raptors didn't have the depth to make his life as hard as the Celtics did in Game 1. Realistically, keeping LeBron below 30 points and ten assists would be considered a win, so to keep him to 31.3% shooting and a almost identical assist to turnover ratio while dropping 21 efficient points of his own was an unbelievable effort.

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