Cleveland Cavaliers C Tristan Thompson could start Game 2 vs. Boston Celtics

Cleveland Cavaliers C Tristan Thompson could start Game 2 vs. Boston Celtics

Cleveland Cavaliers C Tristan Thompson could start Game 2 vs. Boston Celtics

Tristan Thompson only played 21 minutes from off the bench in the loss but still led the Cleveland Cavaliers with 11 rebounds and had four of the nine total offensive rebounds for the Cavs. The Cavaliers easily took care of the Eastern Conference one-seed with a shooter-heavy starting lineup of George Hill, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, LeBron James, and, starting at center, Kevin Love.

"We weighed it before the series started, but we'd won seven out of eight and we weren't going to adjust until someone beat us and we didn't play well with that lineup that got us to this point", Lue said. He's always responded big and I imagine it will be a lot like Game 2 against Indiana.

The rhetoric from the Cleveland Cavaliers following Sunday's 25-point Game 1 loss is a little different from what we're used to.

"With Love at the 5, you have everybody out there that can shoot the ball".

But James shot 5-of-16 and committed seven turnovers - his most in a playoff game since he coughed it up eight times against the Warriors in Game 1 of the 2017 Finals. With the Celtics making lineup changes and winning big, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported that Tyronn Lue is making some changes as well to try to offset what Boston did in Game 1 of the series.

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"That's a good question".

Thompson's re-emergence in the starting five would be just another peak in his drastically up-and-down playoffs. "The good thing about our group is we've had a bunch of starting lineups this year". We need them to do that.

Part of the problem against Horford and the Celtics, according to Love, was the Cavs' early approach.

"I think we're very alert to the fact that we'll get a heavyweight punch on Tuesday night", Stevens said. "I mentioned those guys have been playing extremely well in the Playoffs". The players have been stepping up for them. I just think they took advantage of mismatches and we weren't able to get there.

Thompson said he brings toughness and energy off the bench, but he's ready if called upon to set the tone as a starter. "If they do that from opening tip, it makes it easier for the second unit to come in and keep that energy going". This is the Celtics, the coaching staff will have thought through how to attack when Thompson is on the floor, and the players will stick to the game plan with religious fervor. He didn't speak to reporters at practice Monday, but after the game Sunday credited Celtics coach Brad Stevens for his schemes and both Morris and Morris' teammates for the effort. Whenever you go against him, we've had a history, especially in Atlanta with him and Paul Millsap, with Chicago, Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol, those are All-Star bigs that are very good players.

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