Boston Celtics: Marcus Morris doing it on both ends

Boston Celtics: Marcus Morris doing it on both ends

"As role players, we've got to play our role".

The four-time NBA MVP did have a momentary lapse in memory by initially referring to teammate Jordan Clarkson as NBA journeyman Jordan Crawford, but he quickly corrected himself while noting that Clarkson missed a shot. They dominated each of the first two quarters to lead 61-35 at the main break, and despite a third quarter fightback from the Cavs, the Celtics were able to run out comfortable 108-83 winners.

Al Horford said Tuesday morning ahead of shootaround that the key heading into Game 2 is, "Just understanding that this is another challenge".

James finished with 15 points on 31 percent shooting, along with seven turnovers. Morris, however, is one of the few players in the league who actually matches up reasonably well against him, and being backed by arguably the best defense in the National Basketball Association makes it that little bit easier to do again. No doubt this will be a significantly closer game, but the Celtics deserve to be favorites, and if they win will likely do it by more than a solitary point.

In the 2015 second round, the Cavs lost Game 1 to the Bulls, 99-92 at home, with James putting up 19 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists on 9-of-22 shooting.

Per the ESPN report, Lue thought about putting Thompson in at center to start Game 1, however he made a decision to stick to the lineup that led them to an easy 4-0 sweep of the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals. James is now 8-0 in his last eight playoff games against the Toronto Raptors and just 5-8 against everyone else.

LeBron doesn't always lose and play poorly in Game 1 of a playoff series, but it's happened often enough to at least look into what the man is saying. "As long as we continue to get the ball moving and guys feeling good rhythm".

James has spoken in the past about his ability to "play a lot of plays" in his head, admitting that sometimes it can actually get in the way of a great game.

With that being said, the C's can't let the anticipation of a bounce-back game from James and the Cavs allow them to lose sight of their own game plan. He told reporters after the game that he saw things in Game 1 that prepared him for Tuesday's Game 2. It was just one game. That was when the Cavs called a "timeout", as James recalled, and he used the pause to signal the end of his narrative, at which point his performance was met with some amused applause.

The Cavs were blown out by the Celtics in Boston and James struggled in a couple of aspects.

"We just have to make it hard for him", Stevens, who also praised Marcus Morris after he was promoted to the Celtics' starting line-up for the first time this post-season with specific instructions to shadow James, said.

James' Cleveland Cavaliers got smacked from the start by the Boston Celtics.

As for James, if Game 1 truly was a "feel-out game", he needs to take his own advice, look at the history and treat Game 2 like something else entirely.