Lue, Cavaliers plot Horford-proof Game 2 plan

Lue, Cavaliers plot Horford-proof Game 2 plan

LeBron James will probably score 35 points (or more) tonight, maybe with 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

The Cleveland Cavaliers got smoked by the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

"We just have to make it hard for him", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of James. And exactly why it needs to be Morris in that starting lineup and stuck to James like glue from the opening tip.

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. James had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists on 5-of-15 shooting-not unlike his 15-7-9 on 5-of-16 shooting against Boston on Sunday. The team firmly believes that the best way to keep a team off its game is to switch matchups early and often. That was the closest the Cavs could get as Tatum, Morris and Rozier offensively carried the Celtics juggernaut in the final quarter in which the lead went to as high as 29 with 5:19 remaining. Another player that had a huge game was Marcus Morris.

Likewise, former Cavs GM David Griffin recently told Bill Simmons that he once saw James tell a Toronto Raptors player what play the Raptors were supposed to be running. While Lue heavily suggested Thompson will start Game 2, he better hope his Game 1 gaffe doesn't come back to bite the team.

In order to slow Horford, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is contemplating starting Tristan Thompson for Game 2 on Tuesday night. LeBron James and Kevin Love have combined for 52 points so far, but Cleveland will need its role players to hit a few shots to regain the lead. Having depth like this gives the Boston Celtics a traditional edge.

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Just as the Cavaliers rapidly rose to contender status with James on the roster, they could become a nonfactor just as quickly if the multi-time league MVP heads to Philadelphia. The Cavaliers must get outside scoring to open up driving lanes for LeBron James. James and the Cavaliers eliminated the Celtics in a five-game series last May.

Before checking out, James made one of two free throws, giving Cleveland its largest lead of the game at 11 points.

Horford, whose performances are nearly dissected on a nightly basis because of his high-priced contract, is enjoying the best postseason of his career, averaging 17.2 points and 8.3 rebounds, while shooting 59.3 percent from the floor. "Once we step between them lines, we have to compete no matter who we have out there, and that's what we've been doing".

The Celtics started the game with a great run, giving Lebron and company fits on every possession.

The Cleveland Cavaliers forward was the flawless floor-spacer playing alongside LeBron James, and his perimeter shooting and activity on the glass made him a matchup nightmare for the C's.

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