James opened the game by scoring 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting with four rebounds and four assists in 16 minutes.
Of all the possible options on the table, James heading to the 76ers could be the worst one for the Cavaliers since those teams reside in the same conference.
During the off day, Ty Lue said he is gonna go big as he will start Tristan Thompson. Our job was to keep going.
"We've got each other's backs, and that's it".
James totaled 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds as the Cavaliers' five-game playoff winning streak ended.
When LeBron James has the kind of game he had in Game 1, he usually does something legendary. Yes, LeBron James had an uncharacteristically bad game in Game 1, but for Cleveland to win this series it needs Love to be the player he was against Toronto, when he scored over 20 points the final three games, instead of the one he was against in, when he had multiple single-digit games. "We look to try to get off to a good start".
"We just have to make it hard for him", Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of James.
Celtics push LeBron, Cavs into 0-2 hole
And yet, with a complete Cavs performance so elusive, with a backcourt of Smith and George Hill contributing little this round, with the new guys who arrived in February wholly unreliable and with a feisty ensemble opponent brimming with more confidence daily, the needles on some urgency meters back in Cleveland could well be buried to the right.
"We're OK with that".
Seeing as Horford crushed the Cavs in the pick-and-roll in Game 1, it seems like an easy move to promote Thompson.
In the first-round series against the Indiana Pacers, the Cavs struggled offensively.
"You definitely have to adjust".
"He's the hammer king", said Maxwell of James. They're playing some fearless basketball as a team - even when the best player in the league lays everything on the line. "He went out. I don't think Jayson was intentionally trying [to hurt James]". The burden on James's shoulders is clearly too much.
"The most encouraging thing to me was that we weathered that storm", Stevens said. His 9 consecutive points again kept the Celtics in the game when it looked like the Cavaliers were separating themselves. Game 3 tips off at 8:30 PM ET on Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena. "We're going to use these days to really dive in on what needs to be done to help our ballclub be successful".
The end result of that game, regardless of how the series between the Cavaliers and the Celtics ends, is that it's not as much an indictment of the Raptors gameplan against LeBron, although Toronto certainly did have their rotation issues, as it's an indictment of the Raptors' execution.