Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics: Lineups, preview & prediction 5/15/18

Cleveland Cavaliers vs Boston Celtics: Lineups, preview & prediction 5/15/18

I am not going to be the guy to doubt that he can rear back and throw a haymaker at the Celtics on Tuesday night, the way he did in Game 2 against the Pacers a few weeks ago or Game 5 of the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals. They didn't want the 25-point win to get to their heads, because they knew LeBron James and Co. would be ready to respond in Game 2.

"Because I'm a competitor". 'But the best players generally remember the most and have the sharpest memories'.

Listen to James after Game One: "I have zero level of concern at this stage". LeBron should go off in Game two and they would be surprised if the Celtics won. "The good thing about our group is we've had a bunch of starting lineups this year".

James finished with 15 points on five-of-16 shooting with seven rebounds and nine assists. But in the minds of Boston's players and coaches, the series is still tied, 0-0.

"LeBron, we're coming to get you", Ortiz said in an Instagram video. "It's another great challenge, another great opportunity to experience something for this team".

Game 2 is tonight, presumably with a more determined Cavs team on the floor.

It's been the Summer of Scary Terry and if he can help guide the Celtics to the NBA Finals, we may even see his signature spaghetti and ranch sandwiches popping up at delis around town.

Instead, Morris insulted the entire Cavaliers team and said that "them dudes can't guard". I thought they got their hands on a lot of balls. Cleveland still has the ultimate difference-maker in LeBron James, and therefore it will be hard to dismiss its chances as long as he's playing. A variety of commentators predicted the team's demise, including Hall of Famer Charles Barkley saying, "Their season's over".

However, with the need to play Clarkson off-ball, and the athletic scorers found throughout the Celtics roster, going deeper into the bench may be needed.

But there the Celtics were, back in the Eastern Conference finals against the Cavaliers for the second year in a row - with Hayward, Irving, Daniel Theis and Shane Larkin all injured and Stevens down to an eight-man rotation. Morris was not shy in claiming that he felt he was the best player in the league to defend James apart from Kawhi Leonard.

Boston also started that series on just a days' rest following a draining seven-game series with Washington. He played some strong D throughout and dished out eight assists to go with six rebounds, but he didn't have the scoring punch we've become accustomed to seeing. Again, give Boston credit for their effort on that end of the court.

Center Kevin Love topscored for the Cavs with 17 points while Rodney Hood added 11.

According to a report from Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, James is just six points shy of becoming the only player in National Basketball Association history to record 1,000 points against a single team in the playoffs.

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