Lue: Cavs must be tougher against Celtics

Lue: Cavs must be tougher against Celtics

That's a crushing, nearly embarrassing, number.

"I think we just have a group of guys that really believe in each other", Horford said.

"They did what they had to do, and that was protect home, and now it's our time to try to do that as well". They ranked 29th in defensive efficiency in the regular season. But huge improvements will be needed from Cleveland to make this series competitive.

Prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday, the results of the 2018 NBA Draft Lottery were revealed.

Jeff Green committed five turnovers in his 28 minutes on the floor for Cleveland, finishing at minus-17 for the game. Thompson got Cleveland's first basket of the night and helped to limit Horford's effectiveness on the inside early on.

The Celtics remain undefeated at the TD Garden this postseason, and now own a 2-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals.


Horford was asked about Lue saying Boston was physical and gooned it up. The Celtics are too deep for James to steal rest during the game, and their energy in general seems to be an issue for an old Cavs roster. You commend that. We have an opportunity to look at a lot of film tomorrow and see ways they were making us uncomfortable, making myself off-balance and not have a rhythm all game.

That split second when I thought the Celtics might lose a game because Kyle Korver outplayed Jayson Tatum. "Can't rely on what you did in previous series".

Coincidentally, "Whatever It Takes" just so happens to be Cleveland's official playoff slogan, but the Cavs appear to have run into an opponent that embodies those words more - at least at the moment.

Love said he thought the Cavs were a "little soft" in the first half in Game 1. The teams below them on that list - Chicago, Indiana, Philadelphia and Phoenix - are a mix of lottery-bound and mid-level playoff squads. Getting tougher could mean a lineup change for the Cavaliers. Just hop on LeBron's back and let him carry them, as he's done so many times, to a place they would never be capable of going without him. He turned the ball over the Cavs' first possession. He didn't stay there, as Lue put Thompson back on the bench during the Raptors series.

Korver, Smith and Hill scored a combined 14 points for the game, Love was outplayed by Baynes and Horford, while Morris lived up to his pre-game talk of his ability to defend James. "He went out, and it allowed us to pick up our pressure even more". "As role players, we've got to play our role".

"We knew they were a young, extremely scrappy team", Smith said. "But we won seven out of eight, and we weren't going to adjust until someone beat us. Yes, we have to weigh that decision".

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