The reigning NBA champion Cavaliers toyed with the Celtics in last night’s 117-104 final at TD Garden. It, at times, looked like something out of a Looney Tunes cartoon, with the C’s playing the role of Wile E. Coyote and LeBron James as the Road Runner.
But Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas opted for a different cartoon analogy when explaining why the C’s are not yet out of this series.
“We’re not scared of Cleveland,” Thomas said after Thursday’s practice. “They’re not the Monstars. They’re not on Space Jam.”
But as the Celtics were unable to find the bottle of Michael’s Secret Stuff that helped propel the Tune Squad to a victory over the Monstars in Space Jam, the Cavs cruised to a wire-to-wire victory aided by the C’s repeated self-inflicted wounds in the first half.
In dire need to protect home court come Game 2 to avoid going back to Cleveland down 0-2 in this round three showdown, Thomas knows that the Celtics will need to get back to their strong defensive structure to give themselves a chance.
“We’ve just got to be more in tune as a group,” Thomas said of the defensive adjustments necessary for Game 2. “Like we can’t leave anybody on islands. We’ve got to let those guys see five guys in held position. I think if we do that — the clips were showing that where we did that, we played good defense that possession, we got stops, but when we left guys on islands and by themselves and not talking and communicating, that’s when they went on their run and opened the game up.
“We can’t panic. It’s only one game. It’s one game. They took care of business, and we’ve just got to take care of business Game 2.”
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Source: GreenStreet Blog