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

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue

"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".

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson is expected to join the starting lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

Following Monday's practice session in Boston, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, commented on what they expect from James in Game 2.

"It's definitely something we have to weigh", Lue told reporters Monday.

It's a small sample size, but in three games this season against Cleveland, Horford's offensive rating dropped to 92.4 points per 100 possessions with Thompson on the court, from 109.5 with Thompson on the bench.




"Limited" to a pedestrian triple-double in Game 1 (24-10-12), James dominated Game 2 with 46 points on 17-of-24 shooting, adding 12 rebounds and five assists in Cleveland's 100-97 victory. Lue was open to the idea before the start of this series but given the way his starting lineup demolished the Raptors in the conference semifinals, he rightfully wanted to give this group a chance to stay together.

The biggest challenge for the Cavaliers in starting Thompson is he can't space the floor as a shooter, allowing Horford - or Aron Baynes, who would get more playing time - to stay close to the rim and protect it. "Bad first game. There's lot of things we can do better in the next one". It is also important to know that the Celtics outrebounded the Cavaliers in the game.

"Usually when Bron has these kind of games, the next game he does something legendary", said Thompson. "But the next game, we can't count on that. He's going to approach this game as one he's going to have to lead and bounce back".

Lue simply wants James to attack mismatches more often when the Celtics get caught on a switch defensively that should work in the Cavs' favor.

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