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Charles Barkley Delivers Stern Warning to LeBron and Cavs About Celtics

18 May 2018

"It was a team effort", Morris said. Some defenders are better at guarding him one-on-one than others and in those instances, James will initiate a switch that allows him to beat a player off-the-dribble from the perimeter or in the low-post. "He's obviously the best player in the game, and you need multiple guys and a team to guard him".

"I was able to learn a lot from some great players - Tim (Duncan), Tony (Parker), Manu (Ginobili) and Boris (Diaw)", Baynes said. During that span, after a loss James is 3-2, and he averages 34.6 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 3.8 assists in those games.

Boston was led by Jaylen Brown, who poured in 23 points on 9 of 16 shooting from the field.

Kevin Love had 17 points and eight rebounds, and James added nine assists and seven boards. Furthermore, the fifth-ranked offense of the Cavaliers (offensive efficiency of 110.8) will go head-to-head against the second-ranked defense of the Celtics (defensive efficiency of 102.6). In fact, James is a ideal 5-0 in Eastern Conference series in his career when losing Game 1. Whereas Brown has the size to defend James, Smart has the strength to keep the four-time MVP in front of him when James tries to overpower him. Although Morris picked up three fouls in the first half, he did not turn tentative and still defended James with gusto on 24 plays.

One of the many reasons why LeBron James is the best player on the planet is due to his basketball IQ and knowledge of the game.

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The only Celtic in the starting lineup at risk of being picked on consistently by James is Terry Rozier, who stands at 6-foot-2 and weighs 190-pounds. There was one particular possession in the third quarter where James got the matchup he was looking for by setting a screen on George Hill, who was being guarded by Rozier, at the top of the perimeter.

Two things then happened.

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.

Boston is a 1-point favorite on the opening line, while the game's Over/Under (O/U) opened at 202.5 points.

Game 2 is Tuesday night in Boston. Morris excelled in a way even he couldn't have expected in Game 1.

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"Game one has always been a feel-out game for me".

When they are open, the Cavaliers can't afford to miss. We knew coming into this game that he was going to come out and give everything he had and he was going to have a game like this. The Cavs made just 36 percent of their shots, were outrebounded (48-40) and surrendered 60 points in the paint.

"I thought our guys were locked in", said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, whose team is now 8-0 at the Garden in the playoffs.

Interestingly, LeBron only hit 41-percent in Game 1 against the Indiana Pacers.

Thompson, who played well and had eight points and 11 rebounds in less than 21 minutes in the opener, issued a bit of a warning on behalf of James, saying, "Usually when LeBron has these kind of games, the next game he does something legendary".

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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.

Charles Barkley Delivers Stern Warning to LeBron and Cavs About Celtics