Times could not have been worse for the Cavaliers. After LeBron James hit 40-point triple-double for his team, the Cleveland boys still lost Game 2 from the Boston Celtics. JR Smith believes that the team needs to come together and take some collective responsibility. He suggested that the rest of the Cavaliers team are leaning too much on James because of which they lose even after spectacular performances from the player.
Smith said, “We have to ramp it up. We’re playing too slow. We’re making Bron play hero ball, which is tough to do, especially in the Eastern Conference finals. We got to help him. With that said, we have to give him an opportunity to make him feel confident to give us the ball so we can make the right plays. We got to help him, and he’s got to help us.”
Smith is averaging at 2 points on 12.5 percent shooting in this series. His record, like the others, isn’t particularly impressive. On the other hand, James is averaging 28.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting. His record is suffering since the playoff stages as he has only 10.5 assists and 8.5 rebounds to his name. However, his performance is still the best that the Cavs have to offer.
With his spectacular game on display, the rest of the Cavs have failed to perform. Their roster is filled with players who have either failed to impressed or been too laid back with their efforts, leaning too heavily on James. Only two players are in double digits against the series in Boston. One is James while the other is Kevin Love. In the series sweep against the Toronto Raptors, six players averaged with double-digits.
In Game 2 against the Celtics, James suffered a strained neck. However, he was cleared ‘OK’ by the team and coach Tyronn Lue said that he would fully participate in Thursday’s practice as well. The player was not made available to the reporters to comment on his condition as well as the loss that the team suffered even after his great performance.
Lue, however, had a lot to say about his team’s performance. “We took some bad shots, I thought we rushed shots and we got down six or seven [points] and started playing like we were down 25. So, I mean, a 6-7-point game in the playoffs is nothing. We just got to take better shots coming down the stretch,” said the coach.
The team effort put up by Celtics is what the Cavs haven’t been able to match. Tristan Thompson commented, “You could see that we weren’t communicating and they had a lot of open shots. I mean, we all got strengths and weaknesses. Some guys aren’t huge communicators. But at the end of the day, it’s the playoffs. This is for all the marbles. We’re down 0-2. If you don’t like to talk, you’re going to talk now. And if you don’t want to talk, you can sit your ass on the bench. That’s what it is. It’s point-blank, simple. So, if we’re not all communicating — all five of us — we got no chance.”
If the team suffers another defeat, they could land in troubled waters, mostly by their own accord.