Brad Stevens: 'Nobody has been better at making adjustments' than LeBron James

Jose Verdugo
May 18, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, right, fights for position against Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) during the third quarter of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Boston.

Thompson, who played well and had eight points and 11 rebounds in less than 21 minutes in the opener, issued a bit of a warning on behalf of James, saying, "Usually when LeBron has these kind of games, the next game he does something legendary". He watched plays on Synergy.

James is 8-6 in postseason Game 2s following a loss.

"Them dudes can't guard".

The Cavaliers as a team shot poorly from beyond the arc, averaging just 15.4 per cent and it is unlikely they will be any worse in Game 2.

After getting blown out by the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James said that his level of concern is "0".

"Game one has always been a feel-out game for me".

James finished with 42 points, 10 rebounds, and 12 assists on 16-of-29 shooting, with 21 of those points coming in the first quarter. Rozier has averaged 19.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. "It's not just me".

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The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar is one of the smartest players ever and coupled with his incredible talent, this has made him a devastating force on the court. He's obviously the best player in the game, and you need multiple guys and a team to guard him an entire game.

"We were great", Horford said.

Boston's defense looked like a buddy system. Such a strategic adjustment could result in more mismatches for James on pick-and-rolls and, since the Celtics switch everything, could also open offensive rebounding lanes for Thompson. It's not a luxury the Raptors had in the previous round, as OG Anunoby was the only defender who had the physical tools needed to defend James.

"I have zero level of concern at this stage", James added, implying he wasn't anxious at all at what happened. "But they did a lot of switching so it wasn't just Morris on him. I think that's an obvious question". At the end of the day, Kobe points out that it isn't about playing harder, it is about playing smarter, and that is what LeBron needs to do if he wants to win an NBA Championship this season.

On Saturday, Morris praised himself for being one of the best in the league at guarding the 6-foot-8, 250-pound James. LeBron only had a tepid 15 points in his team's blowout loss.

Confidence streams through the Morris family bloodline.

And can Boston really expect back-to-back clunkers from James? Marcus, similarly, wanted to test his will against James and started preparing as soon as the conference final matchup was set. "The younger guys to the older guys, we think we can compete and play with anybody". After the team sessions, Chuck Ellis said the pair headed to Morris's suburban home, then straight to the room with the big television. "We're at his house watching film".

After handling the fragile Toronto Raptors easily in the second round, the Cavaliers are dealing with a different beast in the Eastern Conference Finals. Those players had previously created highlights in defending James, and Morris learned some essential dos and don'ts.

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