Marcus Morris on previous LeBron defenders: 'Them dudes can't guard'

Celtics open East finals by ripping Cavaliers

"I have zero level of concern at this stage", said James, who was five for 16 from the floor and missed all five three-point attempts.

"I expect him to have a big response", Love said.

Surely, one game won't define a series as protracted as a best-of-seven.

Then James detailed how Celtics player Jayson Tatum threw the ball to Morris, who made a three-pointer. But in the minds of Boston's players and coaches, the series is still tied, 0-0.

There have been times (against the Warriors and Spurs in the Finals, for example) when dropping Game 1 of a series has proved to be less of a "feel-out game" and more like "the other team was just better".

And if the Irving drama wasn't weird enough, consider this: former Cavs general manager David Griffin recently said Irving had gotten a commitment from Gordon Hayward in the summer of 2014 to join Cleveland before James announced he was coming home.

Is it over? No. 1-0 is a nice start for the Celtics, but this is LeBron James in the playoffs we're talking about. "The younger guys to the older guys, we think we can compete and play with anybody".

"That's what we've been doing all season". Relighting the spark in Boston, with eight points and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes during Game 1, Thompson appears on the rise again.

"A number of players have been stepping up for them". We've just got to communicate. "We didn't play well". He also recorded seven turnovers to nine assists, and the Cavs were down by more than 20 points for much of the game.

For a repeat of Game 2 against IN, the Cavs are going to need more than what they got from James' supporting cast IN that game: 5-of-16 shooting from Love, five points from JR Smith, 16 points from their bench and a DNP-CD from Tristan Thompson. Cleveland's starters scored 46 points, shooting 33 percent from the field and going just 3 of 19 from beyond the arc.

"Three-point shot is a part of our DNA", James said. "We've got to be better". Even if it is just for brief stretches, the Celtics know how they need to disrupt James to take control of the game. 'We'll be watching tape from when we played Houston in December or something, and guys will go "Yeah, I remember that this is what happened next"'. We're absolutely OK with that.

He wasn't impressed with the Toronto Raptors or Indiana Pacers effort.

"You definitely have to adjust".

Ingram said she's not anxious for the rest of the series. Morris was inserted into the starting lineup and drew the defensive assignment on LeBron to begin the game. "That's how much it means to me, because Red Auerbach means more than anybody else really in the history of this franchise".

"We've been playing with house money ever since", said Smart.

Head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters he liked how Thompson performed against Celtics' center Al Horford, citing specific advanced stats.

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