Stevens Expects Counterpunch From LeBron In Game 2

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Plugging Tristan Thompson in for Kyle Korver was not a masterstroke, but on a different night, it might have been the kind of adjustment that won Cleveland the game.

Despite a 42-point triple-double performance from LeBron James, the Boston Celtics were still able to tough out an enormous Game 2 win in the Eastern Conference Finals, 107-94. They're 9-0 at home this postseason, and if the Cavs can't snap that streak, their season will be over. They proceeded to blow the Cavs' out of the gym in Game 1 at the TD Garden. and it was never even close.

"We're going to fight", Rozier said. Cleveland had just 39 second-half points in the loss. Boston led the Cavaliers by 18 points at the end of the first period and pushed away to lead by 26 at half time. It worked magnificently as LeBron finished the game with only 15 points and 7 turnovers! "But I don't think it.it didn't affect my game after that". "He went out. I don't think Jayson was intentionally trying [to hurt James]". Cavs team-mate Kevin Love added 22 points and 15 boards.

Throughout this series with Boston those players have contributed 26 points on 40% shooting in game 1 and 5 points on 29% shooting in game 2. Cleveland waved the white flag and emptied its bench after that. JR's 0-of-6 shootingJR Smith not hot & ready tonight, folks. Smith shoved Morris and the pair had to be separated.

"I felt like it was uncalled for that type of play there", Horford said. "We have each other's backs, and it is what it is". It was a good, hard foul.

James can't be happy with his team just standing around on 50-50 balls, and allowing open threes over and over again. At first, it looked like one of those typical revenge games from the king.

LeBron James is used to carrying the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Aaron Baynes held his own when he was out on the floor too, obtaining six rebounds and shooting 4-7 from the field. James was diagnosed with a strained neck. He returned after missing less than two minutes of game time.

The Cavaliers led 55-48 at halftime.

"He came back, but when he came back, I don't think he had the same punch that he had before he left as far as attacking the basket, playing with that force and power we talked about at shoot-around", Lue said.

"We've got to be tougher".

"They're both our two oldest players, they are totally selfless, they are totally in it for the team, they wrap their arms around young guys and young guys feel ownership with them. They're gooning the game up and we've got to do the same thing".

Smart described Smith as a bully with a history of committing cheap shots. And you go and take two hands to the back; that's a dirty shot.

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