Kyle Korver compares Game 1 loss to Celtics to Pacers series Game 1
The Cleveland Cavaliers weren’t really in Game 1 after the first few minutes, and when the final whistle blew they lost 108-83, but that doesn’t mean that this series is over already, though.
After all, this is exactly the same way their opening series of the playoffs went. LeBron James played tentative and the rest of the team struggled, and that led to a 98-80 defeat at the hand of the Indiana Pacers. For Kyle Korver, he remembers that game and wants everyone to take a step back and relax.
Kyle Korver: “this feels more like game 1 against the pacers… losing by 18 at home.” Cavs have seen this before – not panic button time.
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) May 13, 2018
A lot like Game 1 of that series, the Cavaliers played about as bad as possible, but they rebounded in a big way in Game 2 with a win.
If there is one positive to build upon in Game 1, it was the big third-quarter run that the Cavaliers had to cut the Celtics’ 28-point lead in half. The Celtics started the 4th quarter on a 7-0 run to take back control of the game and never looked back.
For the Cavs, they need to take the positives out of that run and try to build on them in Game 2. They need to also forget about what happened in Game 1. When Game 2 kicks off, the score will be 0-0 and a whole new game, and the Cavaliers need to take advantage of that.
For Korver and the rest of the Cavs, they also need to find a way to shoot better from deep. The team combined for a 2-of-17 mark from deep, and if they want any chance in this series, that has to change.