Cleveland Cavaliers' bad habits proving tough to break against Boston Celtics

Just like Pepperidge Farm Le Bron James remembers

Just like Pepperidge Farm Le Bron James remembers

And it doesn't take one of those insane detective walls with pins, strings and coffee stains everywhere to find the connections.

Zarren, both amused and slightly exasperated about the topic in the midst of the Eastern Conference finals, added, "This is so ridiculous a topic".

James said the Celtics deserved credit for the defensive strategy they employed against him, which started with Marcus Morris challenging him from outset, limiting him to 2-of-6 shooting in the first quarter as Cleveland fell into a 36-18 hole.

James has already proven during these playoffs that one bad game doesn't mean the series is lost. "The more effective we are, the more it opens up for him".

Against the second-seeded Celtics, who had the best defensive efficiency rating in the league heading into Game 1, James went five of 16 from the field, and missed all five of his three-pointers on the way to the 15-point showing. Lue hinted that might be the case for Game 2, and at the very least he should see more time on the court. The first half saw Brown driving mercilessly to the rim, and spotting up for three.

Allen signed with the Heat, winning a title with James as part of the 2013 squad.

Team president Rich Gotham will represent the team on the actual podium, and likely be sporting more traditional garb.

Brooklyn was in win-now mode, so the Nets made a splash in acquiring a couple of (aging) stars. Does general manager Danny Ainge run it back one more year?

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"We just have a group of guys who really believe in each other", said Celtics center Al Horford, who scored eight of his 15 points in the decisive stretch of the fourth quarter.

The players didn't bring much to the table, but the picks were enormously valuable in giving the Celtics immediate contributors and a foundation for the future.

But the Celtics hung around behind Jaylen Brown's brilliance. Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum continues to impress - and not play like a rookie.

Harden, meanwhile, was next to Durant on the Oklahoma City Thunder the last time he reached the NBA Finals, and is eager to overcome his own playoff shortcomings. LeBron and the Heat. And when LeBron isn't all that great in Game 1, he tends to follow it up with a big Game 2 (unless he's playing the Warriors in the NBA Finals).

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. He turned the ball over the Cavs' first possession.

Baynes scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds for the game.

James was asked afterward what happened during that flurry and he responded with a verbatim recitation of each play, down to Tatum's coast-to-coast layup off a Eurostep move in the lane.

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 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. It all comes full circle. The Celtics have never blown a 2-0 series lead in the playoffs. On the other end, he was lighting up the scoreboard with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, especially with a fantastic 3-of-4 shooting from downtown.

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