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Celtics open East finals by ripping Cavaliers

The lesson of that game is that the Celtics have executed that game plan, at least so far, while the Raptors did not and earned a quick exit for that failure.

"I thought our guys played with a good aggression tonight". The Cavaliers need to shoot much better in game 2, as they were just 4-26 (15.4%) from the three point line in game 1.

Listen to James after Game One: "I have zero level of concern at this stage".

"I didn't go to college, so it's not March Madness", he said.

Surely, one game won't define a series as protracted as a best-of-seven.

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Nonetheless, Morris' study of James how best to defend him sets the tone for the Celtics against the Cavaliers because James is the opposition's proverbial "head of the snake".

Thus, with 7:09 left to play-and Boston unreachable like a thoroughbred inches away from winning a horserace-James was told to stay on the bench.

Ahead of the matchup in which many believe LeBron James will unleash a heroic performance, Big Papi tried to help out the Celtics by sending a message to The King.

And if the Irving drama wasn't weird enough, consider this: former Cavs general manager David Griffin recently said Irving had gotten a commitment from Gordon Hayward in the summer of 2014 to join Cleveland before James announced he was coming home. The Celtics didn't seem to mind the boastful claims and actually put him into the starting lineup for Game 1, in which the Celtics dominated the Cavs and Morris shut down LeBron everytime they lined up against each other. "Every team we've played in the playoffs has kind of counted us out, so when you're on a team with nothing to lose that can play carefree, that's a risky team".

On 3-pointers with no defender within 6 feet, the Cavs shot 3-for-16 in Game 1. After all, it's not as if they played poorly and lost a close game; they played poorly and were blown out. "And we had played well with that lineup and it got us to this point so, yes, we have to weigh that decision". Expect him to be particularly aggressive in the opening quarter, looking to attack both Morris and the rim at any opportunity. James was kept to just 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting, and his nine assists were accompanied by seven turnovers. James averaged 34 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists in the first two rounds of the playoffs but the superstar playmaker, seeking an eighth consecutive NBA Finals berth, was shut down by an aggressive, hustling Celtics squad. He often kept Wilt from doing any of his normal moves, including a turnaround jump shot that stunned every big in the league.

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

"I think in the first half we were a little soft", Love said on Monday. We're absolutely OK with that.

Stevens knows James is not going to be the same player they saw in Game 1.

"You definitely have to adjust".

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