LeBron came out looking to score and finished the quarter with 21 of the Cavs 27 points.
Indeed, the Cavaliers shot 1-for-12 on uncontested 3-pointers in Game 1 (8.3 percent) after shooting 45 percent on open 3-pointers this postseason coming into the Eastern Conference finals, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
I have zero level of concern at this stage. Boston started Morris in place of Aron Baynes to match up against James.
But the Celtics had success on Sunday, holding James to 15 points - his lowest turnout in the playoffs this season - and forcing him to turn the ball over seven times. Ultimately though, it won't be enough against the much better all-around team in Boston. However that has not been the case, and the Celtics are now three wins away from being in the National Basketball Association finals. "I just think we did a great job of that".
Stevens assigned Marcus Morris to chase James from the opening tip all the way practically to the showers. If Thompson joins the starting five, Kevin Love would slide down to power forward with Kyle Korver likely the odd man out and heading to the bench.
Cavs fans will be hoping that it was just a bad night for James and he will be back to his best in Game 2.
James averaged 34.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists in the first two rounds of the playoffs but the superstar playmaker, seeking an 8th consecutive NBA Finals berth, was shut down by an aggressive, hustling Celtics squad. As of today, the Kid from Akron has scored 994 points against the Celtics in 35 games. He cleaned up a pair of Boston misses on one possession, tipping an offensive rebound back to Jayson Tatum and then putting back his miss, to give the C's a 93-82 lead with 6:10 left in the fourth. Morris excelled in a way even he couldn't have expected in Game 1. They took it out on the sideline. "On both ends of the floor, we didn't play so great".
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.
But Morris was talking a big game about how he was going to be able to stop James on the court all series long.
"A number of players have been stepping up for them".
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.
I have given the Boston Celtics' defense a lot, and they deserve it.
Cavs' Tristan Thompson, $4,800: Thompson was a bright spot for the Cavs in Game 1, scoring 22.75 fantasy points behind eight points and 11 rebounds.
Game 2 will be Tuesday, May 15, at the TD Garden.