LeBron James: Jayson Tatum Shoulder to Head 'Incidental', Didn't Impact His Play

Heather Diaz
May 16, 2018

By MIKE SHALIN Special to the Union LeaderMay 13.

Al Horford, the Celtics' tactical lynchpin and the locker room veteran leader, earned the second playoff victory of his career over LeBron by stuffing the stat sheet with 20 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks.

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 didn't go to college, so it's not March Madness".

Boston led 84-77 after three quarters and took command late in the fourth with the Cavs getting little offense other than from James.

It was a physical game from the get-go as the referees allowed the players to play, so to speak. If Morris is making things hard, and James just gets through it anyways, you have to accept that.

Through 7 games against the Indiana Pacers and four against the Toronto Raptors, LeBron James averaged 34.2 points on 55.3 percent shooting from the field with nine assists per game. "(Celtics coach) Brad (Stevens) did a great job". "We going to use these days to really dive in on what we need to do to be successful".

Jayson Tatum only scored 11 points in the game, but 9 of those points came in a key stretch in the second quarter.

Cleveland will look to avoid a two-game deficit as the series heads to Cleveland later this week.

The Celtics may not ever limit his scoring this much, while forcing seven turnovers.

Korver added 11 points off the bench for Cleveland.

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"We've got to help 'Bron", Smith said.

In general, Cleveland's role players have been a mess.

Seeing as Horford crushed the Cavs in the pick-and-roll in Game 1, it seems like an easy move to promote Thompson.

Thompson is going to be on Horford, and he'll likely collect some rebounds as a result, but I think you should be far less concerned with that element so long as your defense on James is what it was on Sunday.

That is balance, meaning they don't have to rely on one or two players - as Cleveland does with James and Kevin Love.

"He's obviously not going to have many games like that", said Stevens, well aware of not wanting to poke the bear.

"We had a bad game", Lue said succinctly. 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. "I think we can definitely learn from them". They are deeper, younger, quicker and better in everything right now in every way except being LeBron-less. The Celtics remained undefeated at home in the postseason with a 107-94 win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday. He was zero for five from the three-point range.

Love top-scored for the Cavaliers with 17 points.

Safe to say they didn't miss his depth contribution in Game 1. "That is why they pay him the big bucks".

Meanwhile, the Celtics let James go nuts and still won.

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