Boston Celtics

If anyone should feel like the Cleveland Cavaliers have no answer for the Celtics, it’s Jaylen Brown. The second-year stud finished a dominating Game 1 with 23 points in just 28 minutes on 9-for-16 shooting, to go with eight rebounds and strong defense in the C’s total team effort.

But Brown isn’t going to get overconfident after just one game. As he explained after the game, the Celtics should be expecting the Cavs to wake up offensively and hit them back in Tuesday’s Game 2 at TD Garden. Especially LeBron James.

“He’s gonna come out and he’s gonna be LeBron James [in Game 2],” said Brown, via NBC Sports Boston. “Our job is to continue to do what we do. Make it tough on those other guys, and expect to get a punch in Game 2. And we’ve got to weather that storm, and find a way to get another W on this home court.”

May 13, 2018, Boston, MA, USA: Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown drives to the net in front of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver during the third quarter in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. (Photo Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

May 13, 2018, Boston, MA, USA: Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown drives to the net in front of Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver during the third quarter in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden. (Photo Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s true that the C’s don’t need to change much, if anything at all, from how they approached the Cavs in Game 1. It’s on Cleveland to make those adjustments (and there should be a lot of them) and find a way to fire that “punch” Brown speaks of.

Something tells us that Brad Stevens and the Celtics will be ready with a counterpunch.

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