Thompson is Cleveland's best bench player at the moment, but it might not be long before he's back in the starting lineup. The Celtics defense deserves loads of credit for keeping him to 15 points on 5-for-16 shooting, and 0-for-5 from downtown, even if some are questioning his effort during the loss.
Tempers flared with 3:49 to play with Boston leading 97-89. Smart and Smith exchanged shoves and had to be separated, with each player being whistled for a technical foul. "We didn't play well".
"I blatantly pushed him". "Obviously, when I check in the game I try to bring that toughness and that energy".
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 used a balanced attack as a half dozen players reached double figures.
ESPN had Cleveland as one point favorites going into Game1, but much of the media praised Boston for its versatility.
We can take this comparison to deeper levels and discuss LeBron's pursuit of championship rings being the equivalent of Thanos' pursuit of the six infinity stones (and Michael Jordan has six rings), but we can save that for another time.
Boston led 84-77 after three quarters and took command late in the fourth with the Cavs getting little offense other than from James.
Here are the details for tonight's Game 2 between Boston and Cleveland, including the start time and online live stream info. He turned the ball over the Cavs' first possession. Tatum now has nine points in a row for Boston, bouncing back after going scoreless in the first quarter. He blocked two shots but also made seven turnovers.
Horford, whose performances are nearly dissected on a nightly basis because of his high-priced contract, is enjoying the best postseason of his career, averaging 17.2 points and 8.3 rebounds, while shooting 59.3 percent from the floor.
Well, historically, James, after a bad game, comes back with a big bang in the next.
Early on, it seemed as if this night would belong to James and the Cavaliers. Especially for Boston big man Al Horford, who never looked very comfortable guarding Love, who averaged 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds, while shooting 53.5 percent from 3-point land during last year's five-game series victory for the Cavs.
"Obviously, we know what's ahead of us", Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute said.
Cavaliers: Were outscored 50-42 in the paint after being outscored 60-38 in Game 1.
The Celtics are one-point sportsbook favorites, with the over-under for total points scored set at 202.5.
"We've got to be tougher". That included 21 first quarter points which tied his playoff career-high for a single quarter.
On one side sits one of the most talented teams in league history, on the verge of being considered a dynasty.
Needless to say, Celtics fans will be delighted if Stevens continues to start Morris in this series. Our job was to keep going. "That's what I tried to do".