Lue: Cavs must be tougher against Celtics


LeBron James recorded 42 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, marking his NBA-record 17th career playoff game with 30 points and 10 assists.

His 42 points marked his 5th 40-point game of these playoffs. Cleveland had 15 turnovers leading to 13 Boston points and the Celtics had just six turnovers.

Prior to Game 1, outspoken Marcus Morris said he'd be all over LeBron James - and he sure was.

Brown said they can't let up in Game 3 because Cavaliers superstar James usually raises his game another notch after a loss. We see that. They're being physical. The Cavaliers fell to the Celtics 107-94.

"I think that through the regular season there was so much changes with our group - guys in and out of the lineup, different injuries, a lot of things like that", Horford said. "One day rest, we had to play Cleveland". "No matter what's going on on the floor, they're so composed in how they are with the team and the message that. keeps everyone calm".

"This year, we were able to close the series out with Philadelphia, have a couple days". Of course, he came back; but when he came back, I don't think he had the same punch that he had before he left as far as attacking the basket, playing with that force and power we talked about at shootaround.

James has appeared in seven consecutive NBA Finals series, including three straight with Cleveland.

Boston flurried just before the half, getting six points from Morris in the final minute to trim Cleveland's lead to 55-48 at the break. Cleveland acquired the selection, which originally belonged to the Brooklyn Nets, in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston last offseason. Cleveland trailed by as many as 29 after that. Brown's 3-pointer with 32.4 seconds left in the second quarter gave Boston its biggest lead of the half at 61-33.

But, it was the Celtics players that were upset with a foul late in the fourth quarter. Boston started Morris in place of Aron Baynes to match up against James.

"We've got to be tougher". Again: They needed to be separated.

The Cavaliers said James had a neck sprain. "When he thought he had driving lanes, they made him kick it out to other shooters".

BOSTON- Like they've done so many times throughout the 2018 National Basketball Association season, the Boston Celtics had an explosive second half.

"It was a tough collision", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. Today was a tremendous effort on one of the biggest stages we've all played on. Whatever it takes, every player, 1-15, whatever it takes, that's what we're doing.