"I just try to lead "em the best way that I can and really lead by example", said Horford".
The Cleveland Cavaliers entered the Eastern Conference finals with a 9-3 record against the Celtics in games played at the Garden over the last four years, including six straight wins.
But the power of the Hulk LeBron game goes beyond losing in Game 1 of a series.
They aren't supposed to be here; many people picked them to lose to the Milwaukee Bucks in the opening round. Love, meanwhile, had 17 points on an inefficient 5-for-14 afternoon. Getting tougher could mean a lineup change for the Cavaliers.
"That's a good question. But I don't think it - it didn't affect my game after that". Whatever they lack in experience, this group compensates for with a toughness, fearlessness and togetherness that's breathtaking.
As great as the Thanos comparison is, when it comes to Tuesday's Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, there is a different superhero comparison that is more apt. Eventually those shots he was hitting in the first half stopped falling.
Just as the Cavaliers rapidly rose to contender status with James on the roster, they could become a nonfactor just as quickly if the multi-time league MVP heads to Philadelphia. The players have been stepping up for them. "We're just out here playing hard and doing the best we can".
Lue felt like the Cavs' offense is what caused the Cavs' defense to slide, but Thompson said Love's assessment was spot-on.
"It was that point of the game where we needed to make plays", Horford said. And given how Horford has arguably been the MVP of these playoffs so far, slowing him down will obviously help Cleveland's chances of evening this series at a game apiece tonight. But our starters have got to be ready to throw the first punch. But we have what we need. Just wanted to go back to the back and make sure everything was fine.
In the regular season, Cleveland posted a 2-1 lead, first defeating Boston, 102-99, in 2017 before dropping a 102-88 loss on January 3. [We've got] our job to do as other players. We've got to clean those up. Boston had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.577 vs. 0.384).
Not even a 42-point triple-double from Cleveland superstar LeBron James could stop the Cavaliers from falling 2-0 down in the playoff series on Tuesday.
"I mean, he nearly had a triple-double, so he was pretty darned good", the Celtics coach said of James' Sunday performance. Cavaliers games have no tendency in regards to the total, as there has been an even split between games finishing over and under. It's Celtics basketball. We're really embracing Celtics basketball.
One of the biggest reasons that Michael Jordan is considered by many as the best player to ever play the game was because of his ability to be an outstanding role model and let his actions speak louder than any words he spoke.
Lue simply wants James to attack mismatches more often when the Celtics get caught on a switch defensively that should work in the Cavs' favor.
Lebron's statement came about as there was a lot hype by some other NBA players, some media and some fans of criticism in that Stevens received no votes for the NBA Coaches vote for coach of the year. "Just being aggressive and making the right play".