3 adjustments the Cavs could make for Game 2

3 adjustments the Cavs could make for Game 2

LeBron James had a rule for Kyrie Irving when he was the Cavaliers' point guard, and George Hill broke it in Game 1 against the Celtics.

Marcus Morris has chosen to take the main stage, accepting the challenge of guarding Lebron James. And exactly why it needs to be Morris in that starting lineup and stuck to James like glue from the opening tip. The last team to beat a James team in the Eastern Conference playoffs was the Celtics in 2010. James finished with only 15 points while also committing a game high 7 turnovers.

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. The team firmly believes that the best way to keep a team off its game is to switch matchups early and often. Still, the Celtics have to feel good about only being down four despite James' explosion. "I just think we did a great job of that". Celtics coach Brad Stevens generally rolled Aron Baynes out to start this postseason. However, he had his best shooting night of the playoffs in game one, and we will see if this efficient shooting will carry on for the rest of the series.

The 28-year-old was thrust into Boston's starting line-up for Game One and found himself defending against LeBron in 24 plays during the game, limiting the three-time National Basketball Association champion to five points on two-for-six from the field and two assists and forcing one turnover.

Prior to that point, the Celtics had never put anything on their floor, as reported in the same story, making the honor all the more special.

Then came Morris, who boldly declared himself "the best guy defending [James] in the league, outside of Kawhi" (per The Athletic's Jay King).

While James wouldn't have gotten this far without help from his teammates, the Pacers and Raptors didn't have the depth to make his life as hard as the Celtics did in Game 1.

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"We came back down, we ran a set for Jordan Clarkson, and he came off and missed it".

For what it's worth, the 76ers are reportedly very interested in the idea of signing James, with Philly.com's Keith Pompey reporting that the franchise is "prepared to do whatever it takes" to add him to the roster.

When the possibility of a lineup change was posed, Lue said, "It's definitely something we have to weigh".

James said the Celtics deserved credit for the defensive strategy they employed against him, which started with Marcus Morris challenging him from outset, limiting him to 2-of-6 shooting in the first quarter as Cleveland fell into a 36-18 hole.

LeBron James suffered a neck strain after a collision during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday.

Like the Boston Celtics dug past their regular rotation when the time was right this postseason, such as starting Semi Ojeleye against the Milwaukee Bucks to slow down Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Cavaliers must use their depth.

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