Cavs looking ahead to game two

Posted May 15, 2018

With a laugh, he added: "So that's a good thing to know, and you guys have a great day".

In Sunday's 108-83 loss to the Celtics at TD Garden, Thompson scored eight points, making 4-of-6 shots, with 11 rebounds (four offensive) in 21 minutes. "But we'd won seven out of eight and we weren't going to adjust until someone beat us".

All that led to a lot of speculation the Cavaliers would start Tristan Thompson in Game 2.

"We'll play better", the Cavs coach said today following the side's practice at TD Garden.

"I think any time you're playing Cleveland, first and foremost, it's about LeBron [James] and then about the shooters and players around him", Stevens offered Monday. George Hill and Kevin Love both seemed to turn a corner in terms of their health and their games. But Lue said Monday that he had wanted to run with the lineup that worked so well against Toronto before making any big changes.

"That's a good question".

"Usually when Bron has these kind of games, the next game he does something legendary", Tristan Thompson said. "They're basically doing the same thing we're doing, they just executed better than we did". We need to help him.

Part of the problem against Horford and the Celtics, according to Love, was the Cavs' early approach. "When I do check into the game, whether it's him or [Aron] Baynes, I just try to run the floor, set pick-and-rolls, just try to work them on both ends so that hopefully by the second half his legs might be a little exhausted where he might not make that three that he makes in the first half". Get the app and get the game. "I mentioned those guys have been playing extremely well in the Playoffs".

"A number of players have been stepping up for them". I thought they did a good of switching. Nothing is official, and this is the playoffs so smokescreens are everywhere, but this sounds like Lue is leaning toward going big (which would move Kyle Korver to a bench role).

And while that's a potential tradeoff the Cavaliers would most definitely take after Game 1, it would also force the Cavaliers to play a little bit bigger than they have this postseason, especially in recent games. "Obviously when I check in the game, I'll try to bring that toughness and that energy".

"Our starters have got to be ready to throw the first punch. If they do that from opening tip, it makes it easier for the second unit to come in and keep that energy going". [We've got] our job to do as other players. "In the pick and rolls, they were able to get downhill a lot, so we've got to clean that up". "The more effective we are, the more it opens up for him".

It's a small sample size, but in three games this season against Cleveland, Horford's offensive rating dropped to 92.4 points per 100 possessions with Thompson on the court, from 109.5 with Thompson on the bench.